Furious Qantas ground workers set to lose their jobs to outsourcing are marching on Canberra, pleading with the Prime Minister for help.
The national carrier confirmed on Monday that 2000 ground staff across 10 Australian airports would be shown the door after a decision to outsource the majority of its ground-handling operations.
It came after months of operational reviews to reduce the size of the business because of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry and brings the total job losses at Qantas to about 8500 of its 29,000 pre-pandemic workforce.
The Transport Workers Union submitted a bid on behalf of ground-handling staff to keep their jobs, engaging top four accounting firm Ernst & Young (EY) to identify savings and make the proposal viable.
But the bid was unsuccessful, with Qantas chief executive of domestic and international operations Andrew David saying it failed to “outline sufficient practical detail” despite the deadline being extended three times.
Camera IconThe pandemic has hammered the travel sector like no other. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Gaye Gerard
TWU national secretary Michael Kaine said on Wednesday the union had spoken to EY and looked at the numbers again, “and frankly the decision by Qantas makes no sense”.