16 Aug 2012

KiwiRail contracting out plan opposed by union

9:12 pm on 16 August 2012

KiwiRail staff in Christchurch have condemned any plan to get outside help for work, in the wake of planned job cuts.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union organiser John Kerr says a KiwiRail manager has told him the company may get outside help to keep the rail network up to standard.

Mr Kerr says workers held an emergency stop work meeting on Thursday, condemning planned job cuts - 181 in total over 3 years - 18 of which are in Christchurch, and any attempt to contract out work.

He says industrial action could be an option.

KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn says the company has been using outside contractors to work on rail projects when needed, for decades and has no agenda to outsource the work of staff whose jobs are on the line.