Qld train drivers to get bonus for showing up to work during Comm Games

IT’S been revealed Queensland train drivers will receive money bonuses for showing up to work during the Commonwealth Games.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to ride the rail network during the Games next month, with Queensland Rail saying the incentives will ensure a reliable service.

It’s understood both drivers and guards will receive a one-off payment of $1250 if they all turn up to their rostered shifts.


Speaking on ABC radio this morning, Queensland Rail chief executive Nick Easy said the additional payment was “prudent”.

“It’s a small price to pay for assurance and confident service delivery,” Mr Easy told ABC radio.

“I think this is prudent, I think it’s responsible and it is about delivering good services during what’s going to be a major event.”

However, Liberal National Party Deputy Leader Tim Mander thought otherwise.

“The news today that rail drivers are getting bonuses for simply turning up to work would shock most Queenslanders,” Mr Mander said.

“What type of message does this send to the volunteers who are giving up their time free of charge to make our games a world special games?

“I don’t think that the police, nurses, paramedics or bus drivers are getting these bonuses. This is a classic example of the rail union once again holding this government to ransom.”

An additional 6 million trips are expected to be made on the train network during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.