Also when the GMs came here, again workshop staff didn't want to know about them, happy to work on EE locos
I will strongly disagree with this statement, at no time did workshop staff not want to know about them. When they first arrived there was more excitement that we had something new to play with.
EMD's are much easier to work on & most would rather service an EMD than an EE any day. EMD "B" serivce 1 day, EE "B" service 2 - 3 days!
Most workshop staff are labour hire from what various people have said over the last few years. Labour hire tends not to be the cream of any trade.
Nearly all the labour hire have now been offered contracts by Tasrail, and yes there has been some dud labour hire workers over the last few years, the crew there now are pretty good. The core mechanical workers have been there since ATN took over & still have the experience. But all the great electricians have left.
Had the workshops been privatised it may have been better off in the long run. The workshop has always been run by demands of Operations, hence locos go out and breakdown as they have not had the adequate maintenance done.