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February 14, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59One of Australia’s larger and more outspoken unions has come out fighting after Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce’s parliamentary speech, in which Joyce made the Qantas case for “levelling the playing field” in the airline’s struggle against Virgin Australia.

Transport Workers Union National Secretary Tony Sheldon said Qantas plans “to declare industrial war on its workforce” represented cynicism of the worst kind and would further damage the airline’s profitability.

Joyce reportedly spoke approvingly of the 2011 shutdown which stranded 200,000 passengers, Sheldon said. More-fun-in-the-Philippines_250X250px

“Qantas management risks driving this airline into the ground,” Sheldon added.

“Last year they tried and failed to repeal the Qantas Sale Act and secure debt guarantees.

“This week Qantas is pandering to Liberal prejudices with promises of industrial war and the likely outsourcing of more Australian jobs.

“The 2011 shutdown, and the latest 1000 job losses, should be points of shame. Instead they are proud boasts for those who rank ideology ahead of commercial return.”

Sheldon said Qantas belonged to its shareholders and to the Australian community, and neither group supported the Qantas board’s workplace crusade.

“Its time for shareholders and the public to tell Qantas to change course and put the airline’s future ahead of personal ideology,” Sheldon said.

“Qantas executive salaries have risen 82% since 2010.

“At the same time the airline recorded a AUD 300 million half-year loss, the lowest share price in 20 years and the loss of thousands of jobs.

“No Qantas Group dividends have been paid for years. In 2013 Qantas shares were downgraded to ‘junk’ status. This is a poor management record for an airline with a 65% domestic market share.

“Qantas does not need industrial warfare or more global shutdowns. It needs a management who put the health of the airline first.”

A 2012 survey of aviation staff found Qantas rated among the worst for job satisfaction, chances of improvement or communication with staff, the union said. Less than half of Qantas workers (45%) say they would recommend it as an employer.

Sheldon also called on the Federal Government to publish details of ministerial staff declarations, to reveal which political advisers had shares in Qantas or received corporate hospitality from the airline.

“The question that needs asking is what Qantas shares, hospitality or Chairman’s Lounge access are provided to Government MP’s, or to staff in the offices of the Treasurer or Transport Minister,” Sheldon said

“Ministers declarations of interests are on the public record. Its time for advisors to follow suit, so conflicts of interest can be clearly exposed.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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  1. Ozrail says:

    Why, when the going is so apparently tough, has Qantas seem fit to invest – unnecessarily – in the expense of new uniforms?

    How does this improve the customer experience and therefore represent prudent spending, especially when at the same time, a thousand job losses are planned and Qantas is – as always – crying “poor”?

    Ans where did the many, many millions of dollars expended on JetStar Asia and it’s numerous offspring get diverted from?

    Of course we know about the 82% increase in Executive Salaries, also funded from where?

    Alan Joyce is like a politician – any politician – helping himself to vast remuneration packages and at the same time crying “poor” on behalf of his employing organization.

    All the work of “Remuneration” Committees and Tribunals – perhaps they’re the bodies we should send off-shore.

    But what a farce – Joyce and Co stuff it all up and then blame any and everyone else in their subsequent requests for rescue, denying their involvement in the bad decisions which brought about the situation AND maintaining their lucrative personal positions. He should be a politician – he is about as trustworthy.

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