Watco - New South Wales

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

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  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Wow!

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!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Wow!

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!
bingley hall

It does trigger thoughts of what is PN doing.  Why are they loosing business the way they are?
  DesL Station Master

There is an article in the AFR dated Mar 22 the gives a few interesting figures.

It states that PN lost $404.8 million in the 2018-19 financial year and $339.7 million in the 2019-20 financial year.

This year they have replaced their CEO and imported a new Chief Operation Officer from north America.

Big numbers, the investors must be getting worried.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There is an article in the AFR dated Mar 22 the gives a few interesting figures.

It states that PN lost $404.8 million in the 2018-19 financial year and $339.7 in the 2019-20 financial year.

This year they have replaced their CEO and imported a new Chief Operation Officer from north America.

Big numbers, the investors must be getting worried.
DesL

Yes big numbers are predicted by some of us over the last 5 years.  Arrogant and complacent about letting intermodal fall and no real plan to increase modal share in my view.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
Wow!

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?
bevans
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.
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
Yeah there's an element of that though it varies from depot to depot. Seems everywhere is simply understaffed.

As for Qube/Watco/Sct winning the contract it's simply a race to the bottom. These companies are hopelessly out of their depth with lack of crews, expertise and locos and if Bluescope think PN are bad they are in for a very rude shock.
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

Yeah there's an element of that though it varies from depot to depot. Seems everywhere is simply understaffed.

As for Qube/Watco/Sct winning the contract it's simply a race to the bottom. These companies are hopelessly out of their depth with lack of crews, expertise and locos and if Bluescope think PN are bad they are in for a very rude shock.
Typhon
Agree with your post, and the three things you mention, crews, expertise and locos used to be PNs point of difference. They could justify a higher price, because they had the ability to throw a lot of resources at any job. If they can't/won't win on price, and they can't demonstrate that they will provide a markedly superior service, they aren't likely to hang on to the customers they have.
  wally-wowser1 Train Controller

Location: overlooking the Mt vic washaway on Soldiers Pinch
We had a wonderfull acting roster clerk  out west  , large depot.  he worked in with the men & the men worked with him on keeping trains running .  Ask for a swap or roster change  ,never a problem , No sickies to upset the  quota  etc . After a couple of months  management was doing the numbers & found that this one depot had dropped their sickies to virtually zero from the normal 50/60 % . He called down to Sydney for a interview as to why this was occurring & he stated that he was just doing what he should . A big slap on the wrist & things returned to what was the normal heiracy thought considered of the way to run train crews  , run them into the ground , no roster changes  , If a bloke wasnt able to travel to another depot with a train & ended up going sick with only the 4 hours notice . When OK ing himself later the roster clerk would then reroster him back on the b/o job . Back to the circle & around it would go again  roster ,b/o job , sick  ,  ok for next job  book off job at same place sick .  


Cheers .

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