I wonder if PN will end up selling those NREC PB thingies to Watco. It's not as though they have any use for them elsewhere!
It does trigger thoughts of what is PN doing. Why are they loosing business the way they are?
Dunno if things have changed, but it basically went like this:
a. smeg on your employees
b. Fight the Union tooth and nail who try maintain existing conditions while at the same time, trying to force new "productivity improvements" into the EBA
c. Employee morale sinks to new lows
d. Employees try to swap days/shifts to make it to kids soccer GF/birthday/other important milestone
e. Company says "Nope, you're rostered to work, you'll work"
f. Crewmember gets to 30 minutes before signon and books off sick
g. Company madly calls around trying to get another Driver in and fails.
h. Train is cancelled.i. Repeat steps d-h as often as necessary.
j. Tell crews they can't tack on their missed crib break to the end of shift time, if you want it, you take it uptrack.
k. Crews take their crib break up track.
l. Train misses it's path back to the port & its' planned 'start dumping' time.m. Repeat steps j-l as often as necessary.
n. Customer is displeased
o. Contract is up for renewal
p. PN fails to secure new contract.
In saying that, rosters were usually
pretty good with the whole job-swap thing if you gave them enough notice as they knew full well if it was an important day, you would
take a personal leave day and they'd likely lose the train otherwise. But it went both ways, they also expected you to cover a sickie or two in return, and most blokes were happy to do so.