Tuesday, July 10, 2012
We need more rail workers and trains not less. Kiwirails' plan to fire 220 workers and sell off Dunedin's Hillside rail workshops must be fought.
The job cuts will save $14 million, a tiny fraction of the $1.8 billion spent bailing out failed finance company South Canterbury Finance.
The company could save $820,000 by sacking its overpaid CEO Jim Quinn not the workers who are repairing the tracks around the country.
At least $500 million of public money was spent propping up the Rugby World Cup. Now when its the country's rail network, not a cent can be found.
Supporters of a publicly owned, rail network should get out on the streets on Saturday 14 July as part of the national day of action against asset sales and corporatisation.