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Dec 19, 2011

Everyone might get what they want in Qantas dispute

Job security at Qantas was supposed to be impossible to guarantee. It was supposed to be fatal to the airline’s ability to escape from the confines of Australia’s borders and become competitive.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

For those flyers and Qantas investors who have endured months of disruptions during the industrial disputes between management and three key unions this year, today’s consent arbitration settling the licensed engineers claims might be enough to make them think of holding a few protest demos of their own.

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4 thoughts on “Everyone might get what they want in Qantas dispute

  1. Lady White Peace

    Qantas new planes delivered to China Singapore or Malaysia??? Has something happened to Australia, has it packed and
    moved to Asia.. or has Qantas changed its nationality and become Chinese?

  2. Luke Miller

    So … the union has thrown future engineers under an airbus? Whenever a union signs one of those “the current workers keep their protections but the anyone hired from now on is screwed” deals I understand a little better why unions are vanishing. Fortress Australia always seems to be raising the drawbridge.

  3. kennethrobinson2

    Qantas, used to be the AUSTRALIAN airline, now its just another corporate greedy monster

  4. Dogs breakfast

    “Wait a minute. Job security was supposed to be impossible to guarantee. It was supposed to be fatal to the airline’s ability to escape from the confines of Australia’s borders and become competitive.”

    Yeah, exactly Ben. How is it now possible, unless it was always BS.

    I don’t know how the maths all adds up, but a modern jet airplane, costing hundreds of millions of dollars each, leaves an awful lot of room for high wages for those who command them and those who maintain them.

    I know Qantas used to get huge dollars when their planes were onsold because of the world beating quality of their engineers and maintenance.

    Is that still true? So much of this looked like pathetic management bluster rather than a genuine management strategy. I’llbet the background to this is because someone has written into Joyce’s contract something vague about ‘reducing payroll costs’, as though that was sufficiently detailed.

    It’s just looks very formulaic from both sides, with a formulaic result that could hav been negotiated in a few months.

    But where’s the tough guy talk and executive bonuses if all you did was improve the business by fair means rather than executive marketing strategies

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