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Nov 3, 2011

How Clifford took the Qantas chair as a consolation prize

While Alan Joyce is copping most of the grief for the provocative Qantas lock-out on Saturday, no such decision can ever be taken without full board approval.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

While Alan Joyce is copping most of the grief for the provocative Qantas lock-out on Saturday, no such decision can ever be taken without full board approval.

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6 thoughts on “How Clifford took the Qantas chair as a consolation prize

  1. cairns50

    lets cut to the chase here, clifford and joyce are 2 right idelogues

    who are out to destroy the international section of qantas ,

    there other obvious aim is to deunionise there workforce and to

    outsource most of there employees and replace them with cheap

    contract labour and to outsource there overseas operations using

    the same means

    they will be happy with a qantas that has a near monopoly on

    domestic air travel in australia and to trash the rest of the airline

    imagine the outcry if it were the unions that took the action that

    joyce took over the weekend ?

    just another example of how these bastard right wing thugs operate

  2. go-mag

    Umm….what private club do you have to belong to to get a job as a CEO or be a director of the board. I think it is time to get rid of these bullies and employ others that are a little more conciliatory and have a few ethical and moral standards. Oh, that’s right, you need those types to squeeze as much as possible out of the company, so they and the shareholders can get the proceeds.

    One of the things I have against superannuation funds…it is all of us that are getting the proceeds, but we don’t have a say about what goes on in the company….only the super fund managers that have no scruples!!! “So, the beat goes on…..”

  3. go-mag

    I would say “Nepotism in its purest form!!!!

  4. granorlewis

    A very astute analysis Mr Mayne. There was a time when Boards of public Comapnies were simply rubber stamps to Management, but not anymore. Current corporate law compels them to make the decisions and carry the blame – and so it should be.
    Having said that – well done to the Qantas Board and the Company’s Managenet

    These Union bullies, operating in the sleaze allowed by Julia’s laws, had to be challenged, not justt for Qantas sake, but for all of us in business.

  5. Mark from Melbourne

    My father who has been involved in significant way for decades both as a major investor and also someone who floated companies always steered me away from investing in Rio – his comment was that they did not consider their shareholders when making decisions. I looked into this and there is a fairly clear trail of decisions that provide the rub to this view. This was during Clifford’s time there and surely an indictment of the decisions that the senior management and board took over many years. And it seems clear a culture that has been either transfered or fostered at QANTAS.

    Just who do these people think they are working for? Certainly not the people in the company, not the shareholders, not the customers, not the country. Doesn’t leave much…

  6. AR

    If that listing of a rogues gallery of failed raving rightards was intended to reassure us that the board weren’t a bunch of headbangers … it didn’t.

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