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“Heads must roll”: Union calls for sacking of Alan Joyce


After the Federal Court upheld a ruling against Qantas for its “illegal” sacking of workers, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) has called for the airline boss’ head. 

 

A full court unanimously upheld the ruling that Qantas breached the Fair Work Act by outsourcing its ground handling operations at ten Australian airports in 2020, resulting in 1,683 employees losing their jobs. 

 

The TWU is now calling on the Qantas Board to sack Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and “key decision-maker

CEO of Domestic and International Andrew David.

 

“Qantas executives deliberately targeted and attacked workers and broke the law in sacking them to prevent them exercising their rights,” TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said.

 

“Safety, service and sentiment for the airline have all plummeted over this unlawful decision to outsource. 

 

“There is only one appropriate response from the Qantas board - heads must roll.”

 

“Qantas operates on the edge of the law. With deep pockets full of unconditional taxpayer funding delivered by Scott Morrison, slap-on-the-wrist fines will not deter Qantas from its line of attack on wages and conditions.”

 

The airline now plans to appeal the ruling again this time at the High Court, but if the ruling is again upheld, Qantas could be liable for hefty costs including compensation for workers. 

 

“Qantas has always said the decision to outsource our ground handling function was based on lawful commercial reasons in response to the unprecedented impact of the COVID crisis," the company said in a statement to the ABC.

 

"Prior to the pandemic, Qantas was actively recruiting into its ground handling function and investing in new equipment — a sign that we had no intention of outsourcing."

 

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Published: 4 May 2022

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