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The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has accused Queensland Rail (QR) of ignoring the safety of its workers by forcing them to work excessive hours.
Spokesman Owen Doogan says three rail workers recently worked 18-hour shifts while carrying out track maintenance at Biloela, in central Queensland.
He says the track had to be reopened and the men were forced to keep working because QR had no available replacements, and despite assurances it keeps happening.
"Only a few weeks ago we brought the issue up about some workers [who] worked 29 hours near Caboolture," he said...
...A Queensland Rail spokeswoman says it does not condone staff working excessive hours and the claims will be investigated.
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