Friday, December 24, 2010

 

"The acquisition of B.C. Rail by CN would likely result in the elimination of most management functions at B.C. Rail," the document states, noting most head-office jobs would be relocated out of B.C. "These would be absorbed by existing CN groups in Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg and, to a lesser extent, Vancouver.

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... The document, dated last Aug. 23, sent off rockets yesterday at the B.C. Rail union office.

"The loss of even a single job is of huge concern to us," said Bob Sharpe, chairman of the B.C. Rail Council of Trade Unions, who slammed the Liberals for secretly scheming to sell off the publicly owned railroad.

"We've never been consulted."

But spokesmen for both the government and CN Rail cautioned against reading too much into the document.

"We're known for fair and equitable treatment of both management and union staff in earlier acquisitions," CN spokesman Mark Hallman said last night from Toronto.

"This is speculation that B.C. Rail did last August," said Shawn Robins, communications director for the Transportation Ministry.

But the document is detailed and appears to be based on considerable research and number-crunching.

"The acquisition of B.C. Rail by CN would likely result in the elimination of most management functions at B.C. Rail," the document states, noting most head-office jobs would be relocated out of B.C.

"These would be absorbed by existing CN groups in Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg and, to a lesser extent, Vancouver.

"Savings would occur from the elimination of senior management, finance, legal, risk management, human resources, rules and regulatory affairs, environmental affairs, customer service, fleet management, information services, service design, car accounting, pricing, tariffs and other head-office functions.

"The only management functions remaining would likely be front-line supervisors in field operations and perhaps the retention of some account representatives from marketing and sales."

The document says CN would shed hundreds of union jobs by reducing or abandoning unprofitable routes and shifting maintenance work to existing CN facilities.

"Where CN would obtain cost savings is through the elimination of B.C. Rail track programs and equipment," the document states.

"CN ownership would eliminate the need for B.C. Rail shops. Work would be consolidated into existing CN shops to maintain cars and locomotives."

The government issued a public offering May 15 for private-sector companies to express interest in taking over B.C. Rail.

A private operator is expected to take over by the end of the year, although Premier Gordon Campbell said the tracks and railbed would remain in public hands.

CN is one of several bidders for B.C. Rail.

"This document is an entirely speculative exercise by B.C. Rail," said Hallman, the CN spokesman.

While the document says CN Rail would save more than $70 million a year by eliminating the 1,223 management and union jobs, Hallman scoffed at the conclusion.

"We haven't even seen B.C. Rail's books," he said. "B.C. Rail employees would actually have greater opportunity to expand their horizons with new job opportunities at CN."

But the document said CN would save a total of $123 million through layoffs and consolidation if it took over B.C. Rail.



Read more HERE.

http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/viewfromtheledge/archive/2010/06/17/exhibits-4-and-6-from-the-bc-rail-trial.aspx

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The document says CN would shed hundreds of union jobs by reducing or abandoning unprofitable routes and shifting maintenance work to existing CN facilities.

"Where CN would obtain cost savings is through the elimination of B.C. Rail track programs and equipment," the document states.


Uh, so this is just this last August. And they're just now (finally) talking about shutting down lines? We know what that means; shut down the BCR mainline, say, and you get this huge tract of real estate with big blotches in North Van and Squamish and Pemberton and Lillooet and and and and....all for one whole dollar. And they're gonna get rid of the equipment, even. how's that work if they've leased the line from us and are responsible for its upkeep, or so I understand the murkiness of the jumbo mumbo that are the contracts, piecemeal as we've seen them.

...but that bit at the end about "saving" $123 million from layoffs, and from moving operations out of BC. But let's translate that out of corporate speak: this is $123 million taken out of the provincial economy, in lost wages and a redirection of spending towards operations in other provinces and states. So what's the cost to the people laid off, and to the communities broken up and/or economically devastated by these "operational improvements".

That this was allowed in the sale/lease at all, that license to do this was granted by contract - for that alone the public of BC have been totally swindled; a public asset built to develop and serve whole vast regions of the province, its infrastructure spending part of the local economies; now removed by continentalist corporate management.

Tot that $123 mill on top of the rising bill of hidden costs to BC and to the BC economy resulting from Campbell's lies and deceits; I don't think it will be any surprise when he's added to the CN board a few years down the line (if this illegal sale remains un-overturned).

"here take this railway and all the money that makes it, and will give you some tax indemnities, and a cheap deal on all its land, and it's OK if you move plants and consoildate senior staff to other provinces and lay off lots of the regular staff, we don't mind at all. It'll shut down whole towns over time, but that's OK, they'll adjust, they need a kick in the pants anyway...

"What? $2 billion. No, that's OK, $1 billion'll be fine, and we'll roll in some other goodies. By the time the dust settles you'll be in charge and I have the courts and police as part of my team, everything should go fine.... Golf on Saturday?

What is the figure, anyway, of what profits CN has made since "acquiring" BC Rail from the treachers who lied their way into power in 2001?
 
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