QANTAS has announced that it will cut $2 billion across its business. Professionals Australia will work closely with the airline to ensure the voices of professional engineers are heard.
This announcement certainly is sad news for professional engineers, for the broader employee community and the airline's customers.
While this announcement has been expected, it is certainly still a significant blow, coming as it does after several previous rounds of job cuts.
STORY UPDATE: Joint union statement to members
Professionals Australia is committed to ensuring QANTAS continues to be a strong airline business and will do all we can to assist it to improve service and engineering standards.
However, it is clear that these cuts are a serious challenge and threaten to undermine the ability of the business to maintain services.
We are committed to working closely with the business to ensure employees are informed and supported through these changes.
What was announced on Thursday?
This morning’s announcement focused on strategic fleet/route based initiatives, and did not provide clear information on how these changes would impact specific areas and staff.
In documentation, QANTAS has said that it will “move to reduce costs in all parts of the QANTAS Group, including fleet and network, productivity improvements, consolidation of business activities, new technology and procurement savings”.
Vital role of professional engineers
Given CASA’s determination that professional engineers have a key role in maintaining the integrity of the QANTAS fleet, we will be working hard to make sure their voice is heard through this process.
This situation has come from a series of decisions made by management.
We look to all members to be vigilant through this process. To make sure the voice of professional engineers is heard, we want to hear about any concerns engineers have.
We will be standing up for the professionals who have a critical role to the future success of the airline.
We will be actively seeking further clarification around how the announcement today affects current EBA negotiations. Any proposal to stop increases under the current agreement will be strongly resisted and will need majority support.
Professionals Australia delegates and organisers will attend a meeting with management.
At this meeting, we will be seeking clarification and answers to questions that have come in response to today’s announcement.
We will be seeking to understand where cuts will occur and the timeline for these changes.
Meetings with Members
Professionals Australia will be organising meetings with members next week.
These meetings will provide members with the opportunity to raise concerns and ask questions. We encourage all members to attend.
We will provide members with an update after the meeting with management.
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