CityRail restructuring

Like Freight Rail, other rail organisations, and much of the transport industry, CityRail is undergoing a restructuring as a critical part of its transition to become a "world class" passenger transport business. In a nutshell, the restructuring is designed to result in a smaller, more highly skilled, committed workforce providing a rail passenger transport service which is of high quality, safe and reliable and which is cost competitive with other modes of transport. A service which the customer and/or the government is prepared to pay. Whilst such a goal is quickly stated, the restructuring process can be long and painful requiring commitment from management, employees, and unions alike. The attitudes and work practices of employees and managers at all levels are not changed overnight. Reductions in staff numbers by devolvement, rightsizing or contracting are being hard fought. Redesign of jobs, payscales, and award conditions is viewed by many with much scepticism and suspicion. Reorganisation is seen as threatening by some and wrongly perceived as a cure-all by others. Restructuring will eventually effect every employee in the State Rail Authority. It is a big issue. This paper focuses on the Permanent Way Maintenance workforce aspects and the effect restructuring has had, or is likely to have, on fettlers, inspectors and engineers. But why is State Rail restructuring? A gradual decline in rail market share of the transport task; deregulation of the transport industry; the growing cost to the taxpayer of subsidising rail transport; and a change of Government, are all factors which have driven the need for change. In CityRail the restructuring has four main components which will be discussed separately.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 5p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 1991 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01711382
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2019 2:23PM