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The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says workers have begun seeking voluntary redundancies at Aurizon's Redbank and South Townsville depots.
The rail freight company announced last month that it would cut 480 jobs from its South Townsville and Redbank depots as part of a restructure.
Aurizon says about 80 jobs will go from the South Townsville depot in the next two weeks.
Workers are in the process of deciding on new enterprise bargaining agreements and the union's Les Moffit says it is adding to the uncertainty.
"At the current time we do have some protection in our enterprise agreements, mind you, those enterprise agreements are expired and we're going through a process of trying to renegotiate the next round of agreements," he said.
"So it really just depends what the end result is once we get the new agreements finalised."
Mr Moffitt, says many staff have already contacted him to say goodbye.
"Probably about 50 labour hire or contractors as they call them, so they'll go definitely straight away but the other 40 that they're hoping to move on, well they'll be subject to consultation with employees," he said.
"I am aware there are a number of them put their hand up for redundancies but whether they get the 40 or not, only time will tell."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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