Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Planned rail strike unnecessary

    14/09/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Transport Minister Pam Beggs tonight said tomorrow's 24-hour rail strike was unnecessary.
     
    "The unions involved know that many of the National Rail Corporation issues are being negotiated with the unions at a Federal level," Mrs Beggs said.
     
    "They also know that the State Government has given a categorical assurance that the creation of the National Rail Corporation will not lead to any forced redundancies in Western Australia.
     
    "The State Government has offered the most generous relocation package of any rail organisation in Australia.
     
    "This package includes a minimum eight weeks' notice of transfer; the cost of relocating furniture and personal effects; $420 to cover accelerated depreciation on effects because of transfer; out-of-pocket expenses and 50 per cent for meals for physical relocation; no lost time for pay purposes for two days either side of transfer for packing and unpacking; a resettlement allowance of $1,140 for single employees, $2,280 for employees with a spouse and $383 for each dependent child.
     
    "As well, Westrail will pay out any difference in the cost of buying a house as a result of the transfer.  Westrail also will cover costs associated with higher rents because of the transfer.
     
    "The voluntary redundancy package offered includes two weeks' pay for each year of service, plus an additional 12 weeks' pay.
     
    "Other issues such as portability of superannuation between Westrail and the NRC currently are being negotiated at a Federal level."
     
    Mrs Beggs said the NRC was the most significant rail reform undertaken in co-operation with the Federal and State Governments.
     
    It included a $1.8 billion investment in rail infrastructure.
     
    "All other States now have passed legislation covering the creation of the NRC.  In Western Australia, the legislation is currently before Parliament," Mrs Beggs said.