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A move by Queensland Rail (QR) to cut staff at railway stations on the Sunshine Coast has led to strong criticism from the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.
Industrial officer Bruce Mackie says QR is targeting Cooroy railway station, where it wants to reduce the hours staff are in attendance to two hours a day, from the current 10 hours a day.
Mr Mackie says that will deter travellers who are likely to need help with luggage, prams and wheelchairs and also elderly travellers who often depend on trains for their transport.
"We've got to look at the demographics of the area - there are considerable elderly people, there are people with young families trying to travel who will need assistance and the fact of the matter is unless there are people there who are able to assist, people won't travel - it flies in the face of what the Government should be pursuing, people on trains in off peak times," he said.
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