The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is warning redundancies at KiwiRail is a mistake.
Up to 220 jobs could go as part of a plan to save $200 million over the next three years.
Union General Secretary Wayne Butson says it would be a bad idea to shed staff at a time when considerable work still needs to be done to restore rail track and infrastructure assets.
He says it's feared the cuts may instigate a major departure of rail skills to Australia, where the rejuvenation of rail transport is a Government priority.
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