El Zorro shutdown and the ending of employment

 
  craigd Deputy Commissioner

Location: A Thinktank near you
I know that the bulk of discussion in this forum is about seeking new employment, but the scope of 'australian rail employment' also covers the other side of the spectrum, ie. where a rail company or operator closes down and ceases trading, thereby causing a group of employees to lose their jobs. I don't know why people don't talk more about that, as it happened a lot in the 1980'/90's until the big mining/construction boom re-sparked an upswing of rail and consequently a new wave of job creation. Imagine if PN, or Aurizon, or Railcorp, were to cease trading because the company had become insolvent?

Anyway we know this has happened for El Zorro staff, and I wonder what can be done to assist those people find new work with other rail operators? I'm sure the RTBU is actively trying to help, but more help is better than less.

Craig.

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  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I know this forum is about seeking new employment, but very rarely does anyone talk about the ending of employment when a company ceases trading. Imagine if PN, or Aurizon, or Railcorp, were to cease trading because the company had become insolvent?

Anyway we know this has happened for El Zorro staff, and I wonder what can be done to assist those people find new work with other rail operators? I'm sure the RTBU is actively trying to help, but more help is better than less.

Craig.
"craigd"


Stuart from Asciano mentioned they were looking at helping where they could in the El Zorro thread.
  Stuart@Asciano Locomotive Fireman

Location: Melbourne
I know that the bulk of discussion in this forum is about seeking new employment, but the scope of 'australian rail employment' also covers the other side of the spectrum, ie. where a rail company or operator closes down and ceases trading, thereby causing a group of employees to lose their jobs. I don't know why people don't talk more about that, as it happened a lot in the 1980'/90's until the big mining/construction boom re-sparked an upswing of rail and consequently a new wave of job creation. Imagine if PN, or Aurizon, or Railcorp, were to cease trading because the company had become insolvent?

Anyway we know this has happened for El Zorro staff, and I wonder what can be done to assist those people find new work with other rail operators? I'm sure the RTBU is actively trying to help, but more help is better than less.

Craig.
craigd
Hi Craig

With PN picking up the Iluka contract we took on as many of the El Zorro loco drivers that we could to support this new contract, I believe we took on around 10 of their drivers in Victoria. Asciano and other rail operators have also been working with the RTBU in NSW to find possible redeployment opportunities for loco driver affected by the closure. I know some of them have found employment already which is a great news story.

If there are others you now have been effected please feel free to PM me and I will do my best to see what can be done within the Asciano business.
  MDB1980 Beginner

Hi Craig

With PN picking up the Iluka contract we took on as many of the El Zorro loco drivers that we could to support this new contract, I believe we took on around 10 of their drivers in Victoria. Asciano and other rail operators have also been working with the RTBU in NSW to find possible redeployment opportunities for loco driver affected by the closure. I know some of them have found employment already which is a great news story.

If there are others you now have been effected please feel free to PM me and I will do my best to see what can be done within the Asciano business.
Stuart@Asciano
I think that it is great to see that companies like PN and Qube are helping find drivers from El Zorro employment. My question to everyone is the following. Is there anyone offering assistance or employment for the background staff. You know Maintenance and Admin staff that are affected by the closure of the company as well. Like I said it is great that the companies are helping out but there is more than just the drivers needing assistance.

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