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RailCorp station staff at the regions most dangerous station, Gosford have been stood down this weekend because they are campaigning against staff shortages which have contributed to the stations notorious reputation.
Members of the Central Coast Organising Committee believe they are paying the price for alerting commuters to a crisis in Station Staff numbers which has resulted in louts, hoons and drug addicts harassing and intimidating passengers and station staff.
Despite being targeted by RailCorp management for their campaign, members of the Central Coast Organising Committee will turn up to work at the station for no extra pay.
Rail Tram and Bus Union NSW Lead Organiser Phillip Kessey stated, “Our members are outraged at being targeted by management for raising valid safety concerns. Despite the intimidation, our members are committed to ensuring the safety of passengers and won’t be swayed from doing their jobs properly. They are prepared to work on the weekend to ensure they provide a level of service above the low expectations set by RailCorp management. It is unbelievable that RailCorp and the NSW Government are not embarrassed by this debacle. We now have volunteers running railway stations in this State. It doesn’t get any worse than this.”
The Committee provides commuters with a weekly newsletter (Off The Rails) which recently called on the NSW Government to intervene and address the Committees concerns as RailCorp refuses to listen.
A Committee Spokesperson, who cannot be named for fear of being dismissed, stated “They can throw whatever they like at us but to do this to fare paying commuters is a disgrace. We will not be intimidated and are going to keep fighting to ensure commuters get the service they pay for”.
Phillip Kessey Mobile: 0418 671 532
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