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RAILCORP'S staff are five times more efficient than their counterparts on Indian Railways, measured in manpower per kilometre of track, but that is not saying much.
Much more productivity can be wrung out of our rail system. Anecdotal evidence is strong about pockets of overmanning and a middle-management that has simply thrown up its hands in the face of the nexus between unions and the Labor State Government which has long thwarted reform and discipline.
In current wage negotiations with the Combined Rail Unions, RailCorp is modestly arguing for a crackdown on sickies and a reduction of 417 station staff positions out of the rail system's 13,800 jobs. Both measures have been rejected, and the unions are offering nothing else in the way of cost savings that might achieve a win-win situation: better service for passengers and higher pay for more productive staff. And until they do, RailCorp is handicapped under the 2.5 per cent cap on overall public service wage increases announced by the Treasurer, Michael Costa, for the new fiscal year.
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