Passenger rail drivers cross the tracks to freight

<p>Private rail freight companies are exacerbating Sydney passenger train driver shortages by headhunting staff, a union official has claimed.</p> <p>The Rail Tram and Bus Union’s (RTBU) NSW branch secretary, Nick Lewocki, told the <em>Sydney Morning Herald </em> that CityRail drivers were being lured to private rail freight operators with offers of more money and better conditions.</p> <p>The paper said that Sydney train drivers were leaving at a faster rate than new drivers were graduating from the CityRail training scheme.</p> <p>Further timetable cuts will reduce driver penalty rates and this could encourage more drivers to leave, the union said.</p> <br />