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Rail company Aurizon says it has made a final decision on job cuts in four regional towns in north Queensland.
About 50 jobs will go from depots in Townsville, Charters Towers, Hughenden, Cloncurry and Mount Isa.
The company says it is in the process of telling workers about the decision.
The Rail Union's Les Moffitt says the company has offered voluntary redundancies to 21 people working at the Townsville's national operations service centre.
"There is opportunities for a number of them to go to Brisbane and there is a couple of them considering that but for the vast majority of the 21, there's very very little options, especially if they don't want to leave Townsville," he said.
He says workers in the other towns should know their future by the end of this week.
"The people out there need to know one way or another," he said.
"They seem to be telling us very little over the last probably month or so in terms of what the future prospects are for our people out there.
"They've got families and kids who start at school for the school year. People just want to get it over and done with."
Aurizon says there will be no forced redundancies and relocation and retraining will be open to workers.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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