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QantasLink is still flying

By johnboy - 30 October 2011 24

Chief Minister Gallagher has joined the chorus of the alarmed as Qantas engages in industrial terrorism on a scale rarely seen.

She does have some useful information:

“QantasLink provides a high percentage of flights to and from Canberra. In addition, Virgin and Brindabella Airlines continue to service Canberra and we are well served by both coach and rail services.

“The Canberra International Airport is an important part of our local economy supporting the employment of hundreds of locals. The ACT Government was in contact with The Canberra International Airport managing director, Mr Stephen Byron, last night to assure him that the we were ready to assist with any support required by the Airport Group throughout this crisis.

“The ACT Government is also liaising with coach operators to see if services can be increased – particularly between Sydney and Canberra,” the Chief Minister said.

Stranded travellers in the ACT who require accommodation, assistance or advice on alternate forms of transport can contact the Canberra and region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114 or visit www.visitcanberra.com.au. Australian Capital Tourism will work closely with the Tourism Industry Council to assist where possible.

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QantasLink is still flying
qbngeek 4:56 pm 31 Oct 11

I should add that I don’t support Alan Joyce or what he did in any way. I think it was despicable and if I saw him in a dark alley, he wouldn’t be walking back out again.

I think both groups are to blame. But there are much bigger issues here than can be suitably discussed in a blog comment and what I think won’t make a lick of difference anyway. After all, I have been saying for years we need to sack all the self-serving clowns that call themselves politicians and replace them with people who actually care, do away with political advertising campaigns and all donations to political parties. Start building governemtns on policy, not who has the best ads or makes less mistakes.

alaninoz 4:52 pm 31 Oct 11

Diggety said :

The reason for Qantas not bowing to union demands, is that those very demands would kill the international business.

This is the nature of global competitiveness.

Sure, allow QANTAS to move their operations off-shore, but if they do QANTAS should loose any preferential treatment within Australia. The Government should institute a full nine-freedom open skies policy.

If QANTAS wants to retain preferential treatment then it should return something to the Australian community – not just to its management and owners.

qbngeek 4:41 pm 31 Oct 11

MarkR said :

qbngeek said :

I personaly think the unions in Australia are the ones who start any so-called ‘industrial terrorism’. They continue to demand massive payrises while the rest of the country goes to hell in a handbasket. They are asking for something that is unsustainable, but they will be the first ones to complain once QANTAS starts offshoring to save money to stay afloat.

Hmmm – well up with what this dispute is about then qbngeek?

1. You don’t consider a 71% payrise (as provided to Mr Joyce) massive then?
2. $5m per annum for one executive doesn’t fall into the unsustainable category then?
3. “… starts offshoring to save money to stay afloat …” – QANTAS has already done so, which is one of the issues under dispute.

While I have no love for unions or their attempts to blackmail the general public, at least they are required to give warning (under the Fair Work Act) of industrial action. The action by QANTAS in giving no warning and literally leaving people stranded on the tarmac is unconscionable.

This will only harm its viability as already I’m seeing comments from many loyal QANTAS patrons who are now saying they will look elsewhere.

I agree that to remain viable in the ever increasing ‘low fare’ market, QANTAS has to look at alternatives – which regrettably includes sourcing cheaper maintenace costs (hopefully not to the detriment of safety). However to literally spit in the face of the people on who QANTAS relies, the paying customer, will I think come back to haunt Mr Joyce.

I only hope that, like Sol Trujillo, Alan Joyce has a substantial payout in his contract for early termination.

I am well aware of what Mr Joyce was paid, and as a QANTAS shareholder I voted against it. I didn’t get a dividend and lost money on my inverstment, so there was no way I was supporting a payrise or bonus for him.

But this crap with unions holding the country to ransom has to stop. I have heard no end to the complaints from thos in the APS about only getting a 9% payrise over 3 years and now they want to take industrial actions. I have heard constant whinging from APS friends about how it is below the inflation rate and that they will all end up in the gutter in three years.Guess what I only get a 3% payrise each year for the next 4 years. The funny thing was the union kept telling everyone to vote our aggreement down and tried to actively recruit in our offices during the negotiation. we still voted for the agreement and the union lost members becuase we were sick of their bully-boy tactics.

Welcome to the real world of smaller payrises and companies starting to stand up for themselves against the unions. It’s time to tighten your belts because the ride is only just beginning.

Diggety 3:15 pm 31 Oct 11

MarkR said :

However to literally spit in the face of the people on who QANTAS relies, the paying customer, will I think come back to haunt Mr Joyce.
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When did Alan Joyce literally spit in the face of Qantas customers?

People (including the unions) need to understand that they do not own the business, unless they are a shareholder. The shareholders voted for Joyce’s pay rise, i.e. the people who actually matter, approved his salary.

The reason for Qantas not bowing to union demands, is that those very demands would kill the international business.

This is the nature of global competitiveness.

Waiting For Godot 3:14 pm 31 Oct 11

Australia has the highest wages in the world. That is why the cost of living is so high, and why companies are trying to minimise costs by outsourcing to places like India and sacking workers. It is also the reason why shops here are going broke as the public discovers the same goods selling for much less on foreign websites. Pensioners and the less well-off are suffering the most, and the attitude of the union leaders is “I’m alright, Jack”.

The unions with their selfish and arrogant wage demands over the years are the reason why we are in crisis in this country and why our current lifestyles are unsustainable.

MarkR 1:58 pm 31 Oct 11

qbngeek said :

I personaly think the unions in Australia are the ones who start any so-called ‘industrial terrorism’. They continue to demand massive payrises while the rest of the country goes to hell in a handbasket. They are asking for something that is unsustainable, but they will be the first ones to complain once QANTAS starts offshoring to save money to stay afloat.

Hmmm – well up with what this dispute is about then qbngeek?

1. You don’t consider a 71% payrise (as provided to Mr Joyce) massive then?
2. $5m per annum for one executive doesn’t fall into the unsustainable category then?
3. “… starts offshoring to save money to stay afloat …” – QANTAS has already done so, which is one of the issues under dispute.

While I have no love for unions or their attempts to blackmail the general public, at least they are required to give warning (under the Fair Work Act) of industrial action. The action by QANTAS in giving no warning and literally leaving people stranded on the tarmac is unconscionable.

This will only harm its viability as already I’m seeing comments from many loyal QANTAS patrons who are now saying they will look elsewhere.

I agree that to remain viable in the ever increasing ‘low fare’ market, QANTAS has to look at alternatives – which regrettably includes sourcing cheaper maintenace costs (hopefully not to the detriment of safety). However to literally spit in the face of the people on who QANTAS relies, the paying customer, will I think come back to haunt Mr Joyce.

I only hope that, like Sol Trujillo, Alan Joyce has a substantial payout in his contract for early termination.

qbngeek 11:23 am 31 Oct 11

I personaly think the unions in Australia are the ones who start any so-called ‘industrial terrorism’. They continue to demand massive payrises while the rest of the country goes to hell in a handbasket. They are asking for something that is unsustainable, but they will be the first ones to complain once QANTAS starts offshoring to save money to stay afloat.

Classified 11:09 am 31 Oct 11

Union officials have indicated that there would be ongoing industrial action, and ticket sales were down as many travellers didn’t want to get stuck on a day when stop work meetings were happening. Qantas has now taken a big stick and brought the thing to a head, thus removing the ability of the unions involved to carry on such actions.

At least now it will be resolved and qantas can get on with doing business.

Thoroughly Smashed 10:59 am 31 Oct 11

Classified said :

the union getting a big dose of its own medicine.

How do you figure?

Classified 8:38 am 31 Oct 11

caf said :

Referring to “the” union shows that you haven’t bothered to inform yourself of even the most cursory details of this dispute.

Sorry – the three major unions involved.

trevar 8:00 am 31 Oct 11

I wonder how many of these ‘stranded’ folk are actually just going to Sydney so could get there just as quickly in a hire car?

caf 12:19 am 31 Oct 11

Referring to “the” union shows that you haven’t bothered to inform yourself of even the most cursory details of this dispute.

Primal 12:09 am 31 Oct 11

Nothing can stop Dash-8s. NOTHING.

Classified 10:17 pm 30 Oct 11

Industrial terrorism – pfff. What’s got people cranky is the union getting a big dose of its own medicine.

staminaman62 7:56 pm 30 Oct 11

“Industrial terrorism” that is perfectly legal under the Fair Work Act!

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