Consultation Period with Hillside Staff Completed

03 December 2012 11:11AM

Consultation with Hillside staff on the impact of changes to Hillside Workshops has been completed with the following confirmed:

  • Positions for 18 Foundry staff with Bradken is confirmed and interviews between Bradken and Foundry staff interested in these positions has commenced.
  • Positions are available for seven staff in the KiwiRail Freight heavy lift facility and these have been ringfenced for Hillside staff with applications to be received by 7th December.
  • 20 positions have been offered to Hillside staff in the transition team which will be responsible for finishing current projects, assisting with the transfer of work to Hutt Workshops and closing down parts of the Hillside site no longer required.
  •  30 staff will go on special paid leave from December 7th and another 35 from December 21st. This will give them an opportunity to continue to pursue redeployment opportunities within KiwiRail until the redundancy date of 31st of January 2013. KiwiRail will also continue to accept voluntary redundancy applications from Hillside staff who do not wish to pursue redeployment.
  • KiwiRail has widened the offer of voluntary redundancy to other employees within KiwiRail who are in positions that are consistent with those at Hillside. We are seeking expressions of interest in this option and any positions will be ringfenced for applications from Hillside staff.

According to Chief Executive Jim Quinn the consultation with Hillside staff has been a very constructive process with a high level of cooperation between KiwiRail and the union to assist the affected staff as much as possible.

“This has, and continues to be, a difficult process for our staff. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the consultation process, while we ensure our people get as much assistance as they need to make the next steps,” he said.

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