Aviation sector implores PM for JobKeeper extension, fearing more massive job losses


Virgin and other aviation companies have implored Scott Morrison to give special help to the decimated sector, fearing more huge job losses.

Joined by companies in the sector including Swissport, Menzies Aviation and Gate Gourmet, the group has dubbed the planned scheme “AviationKeeper”, saying there is an urgent need for a wage subsidy package beyond March when JobKeeper ends.

That was highlighted this week when Health Department secretary Brendan Murphy predicted international border closures would largely remain until 2022, they said.

“Recent events have also shown that domestic borders are likely to continue to periodically close with short notice,” Nick McIntosh and Emeline Gaske, assistant national secretaries for the TWU and Australian Services Union said in a letter to Scott Morrison on Friday.

“As unions and employers representing tens of thousands of workers and contractors across aviation, we urge you to implement an ‘aviation keeper’ wage subsidy to ensure that the aviation industry can sustain the lasting impact of the pandemic while maintaining and supporting its skilled and highly trained workforce.”

Camera IconThe aviation sector fears more huge job losses, with travel not expected to return to normal any time soon. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA Newswire/Gaye Gerard

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