Aurizon coal rumour (solid enough to post, but even the senior source involved doesn't know for sure what will happen as a result, or when):
VER packages for drivers may have indeed been overdone in Coal North in Aug/Sept, particularly in view of the subsequently announced contract win. Relevant Coal North depot managers are allegedly pushing for existing trainee classes to get signed off, to clear the decks for new class intakes in a Feb/Mar timeframe. If true at all
, the rumoured timing seems optimistic unless previously-qualified candidates from the semi-aborted Mar 2012 intake are the only ones considered. Don't want to get their hopes up too much, as a brand new candidate round-up is equally possible. But either way, possibly good news for would-be new drivers.