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Rail freight operator Aurizon has announced job cuts as part of a major overhaul of its Queensland workforce, with about 180 employees to be impacted.
The company said its historic Rockhampton workshops were no longer viable.
There will be a staged closure by late next year, with 62 jobs to go from the Mackay and Townsville depots.
A further 126 permanent train crew positions will be phased out or replaced by contractors at other bases.
Aurizon head of operations Mike Carter said the business had to evolve with changes to the market.
"Aurizon needs to continue to change in line with what our customers need if we are to remain competitive," Mr Carter said.
"Historically, most of our train crew have been permanent full-time employees and we have been unable to match fluctuations in weekly and monthly demand in train haulage services from coal customers or contract wins or losses."
Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union spokesman Bernie Misztal said the move was a "kick in the guts", and accused the company's executives of paying more attention to their bonuses than workers.
"I honestly believe there's no need to phase [Rockhampton] out if it had good management in there," he said.
"That place would be a worthwhile business to own."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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