Airservices culture review
Employees at Airservices Australia strive every day to make a positive contribution to maintaining and improving aviation safety across Australia. The aviation industry and the wider community rely on your dedication, attention to detail and professionalism to ensure safe skies for all. The Aviation industry underpins Australian business and tourism and has an estimated annual revenue of $43.54 billion; so, it goes without saying that the safe and reliable functioning of this industry is absolutely in the national interest. Your work is essential.
As the provider of critical services which underpin the operation of the aviation industry, Airservices is at the pressure point between the needs of the industry, expectations of the community, direction set by government, the imperative to ensure community safety and obligations to Australia’s international partners.
That pressure, coupled with the highly technical nature of your work, presents real challenges. Unfortunately, it clearly also presents fertile ground for conflict.
This morning, we received the report following the review of culture at Airservices, and the response from CEO Jason Harfield. You can find this attached.
The findings of the Airservices culture review are staggering. Right now our priority is standing with employees to help you get through this confronting period. The report is going to present things which are challenging for a lot of people and your union representatives and staff are here to support you.
What’s crystal clear is that drastic change is needed. We’re encouraged to see Airservices adopt the recommendations of the report.
It’s concerning, but not uncommon, that technical workplaces often end up treating their people like another one of their technical systems – inputs in, outputs out. Obviously though, people need humanity and dignity at work. Airservices’ Executive have made an unequivocal commitment to work with unions to improve that and address the serious issues presented in the report.
After staff have had an opportunity to digest the findings of the report, we’ll convene a meeting of members to chart a way forward. For now, please reach out to your colleagues, networks, delegates and PA officials if you require any assistance.
Dale Beasley – Director ACT
Emma Parkinson – Organiser Victoria
Kimberley Rowney – Senior Organiser South Australia
Tamarah Rowlands – Senior Organiser Western Australia
Adrian Catt – Organiser New South Wales
Thomas Whibley – Organiser Queensland