Once again we see a reduction in staff at most stations with small stations having reduced opening and closing times and larger stations losing staff. The arguement is that with no ticket sales a reduced number of staff is needed. So much for the previous nonsense that management pushed regarding 'customer service'.
Of course reduced staff means fewer people to asist customers in the case of an emergency. Many stations now have no staff at night for example. How long before they are closed completely?
The push to convert fulltime positions to part time is continuing with long term fulltime staff finding themselves losing their fixed positions and rejoining the 'relief' pool.
Most station staff I have talked to say that their job is basically cleaning. Not the job they applied for. They are not happy. That seems to be all that management is interested in anyway.
Apparently the original plan was to get rid of all Station Duty Managers (in the same way that they got rid of all Station Managers with the implementation of Sydney Trains). This has now been put on hold and the current 'reform' (sic) will see large numbers of backroom staff disappear.
There is now no carreer path on Sydney Trains stations with even long term staff concerned for their jobs. Funny way to run a rail system.
Of course if I was a conspiracy theorist I'm sure I could make an arguement that Sydney Trains (or at least parts of it) are not too far away from being privatised.
This is of course the ultimate aim. The Metro's are/will be privately operated as is the light rail. Privatisation by stealth anyone?
Whether you see it as good or bad( and I believe it's bad) I just get the feeling that complete privatisation is much closer than we think.