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Rio Replacing Train Drivers Paid Like U.s. Surgeons

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-02/rio-replacing-train-drivers-paid-like-u-s-surgeons.html

Train drivers employed by Rio Tinto Group to haul iron ore across Australia’s outback make about the same money as surgeons in the U.S. It’s little wonder the mining company will replace them with robot locomotives.

The 400-plus workers in the remote Pilbara region who earn about A$240,000 ($224,000) a year probably are the highest-paid train drivers in the world, according to U.K.-based transport historian Christian Wolmar. Australia’s decade-long mining boom has sucked up skilled workers, raising wages for engineers to drivers at Rio, the second-largest exporter of the mineral, and its closest competitors, Vale SA (VALE) and BHP Billiton Ltd.

That's an incredible figure if accurate.

And now they are about to be replaced by robots, priced themselves out of a job?

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Bet those robots spend lots of money into the local economy.

yes; we should go back when 95% of population worked in the agriculture; the machines stole their jobs .. :(

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yes; we should go back when 95% of population worked in the agriculture; the machines stole their jobs .. :(

their GDP will take a hit though ;) after the initial outlay cost.

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