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July 30, 2014 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australian airlines and airports should raise security standards in the light of evidence suggesting lax security, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) has warned.

TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon said past decisions by Qantas to cut and outsource jobs have added to the security risk.

“Aviation workers are at the front line of security considerations, and often the first to be injured or killed when something goes wrong,” Sheldon said.

“Outsourcing of jobs and low-paid casual jobs has lead to high staff turnover, with some aviation workers not receiving training and full Aviation http://www.dusit.com/Security Identification Cards.

“Qantas has hired over 3000 casual employees in the last 18 months to replace full-time employees made redundant.

“The Qantas group of companies has downgraded security and failed to implement security arrangements.

“We have found both labour-hire and security staff routinely have 25% of its workforce not even security checked by ASIO and Federal Police due to a higher turnover of staff – yet they are put into positions in sensitive security areas on temporary passes.

“Additionally, our members who work as aviation security screeners at airports tell us they are pressured to work long hours and are frequently understaffed, which could compromise security.”

One NSW Qantas worker, Joseph, said he would like to see job security in aviation, the TWU said.

“Qantas needs to maintain quality staff to service the aircraft with ongoing training to improve the service and safety of staff and clients,” Joseph said.

Sheldon said only one airline was bringing in security awareness training for their staff.

“Airlines need to lift security standards to ensure staff and the general public are not put at risk,” Sheldon said.

There are currently 23 Australians in jail who have been convicted of terror offences, including Abdul Nacer Benbrika. Benbrika led a Melbourne-based terrorist cell in 2005, uncovered by Operation Pendennis.

Edited by : William Sykes

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