Hundreds of Qantas ground staff will be out of work for 24 hours in the latest blow to the struggling airline.
Baggage handlers at Dnata, the Emirates airport service provider served by both Qantas and Emirates, said in September after trade unions revealed 96% of workers voted against. We will go on strike on Monday the 12th.
The move, after Qantas laid off thousands of employees to third-party firms last year, could create serious business travel problems for the big companies already facing staffing issues.
Hundreds of Qantas baggage handlers are set to go on strike next Monday in response to a “downward spiral in wages and conditions”.
With industrial action voting closed on Friday, the TWU announced that 350 Dnata employees in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide would go on strike.
TWU Secretary of State Michael Caine said airport workers were experiencing a “downward spiral in wages and conditions” and most were only guaranteed a 20-hour workweek.
“Ground handling is a highly skilled job, but Qantas’ illegal outsourcing and the Morrison government’s refusal of Dnata workers’ JobKeeper have pushed thousands of experienced workers out of the industry. ‘” Kane said in a statement.
“Those left behind are scrambling to pick up debris for scrap. careers have turned into precarious jobs that no one can hold for long.It is now a choice for many to strike for the right conditions or be forced to retire from the industry. .
In a trade union poll, 96% of workers voted in favor of industrial action.
He said the two companies that employ workers, Dnata and Menzies Aviation, need to show more respect to key workers, and called on the prime minister to join the negotiations.
“Our employees understand the commercial pressure from Qantas, but Donata and Menzies need to act responsibly and come back to the table to settle a fair deal. We risk losing more staff,” said the TWU secretary of state.
“We need to realign the aviation industry towards good, safe jobs that keep skilled workers in the industry and keep travelers safe. There is an urgent need to act to implement safe and secure skies commissions to establish
In a response from Dnata, the company said the salary improvement offer was “very competitive” and would work to resolve the situation.
“We are committed to ensuring that our employees are adequately compensated. Despite the difficult business environment, we have provided our staff with very competitive salary proposals through negotiations. We need to make sure that our operations are sustainable, and we need to be able to continue to invest in training, infrastructure and equipment so that we can deliver consistent quality and safe services across our operations,” said Airport Services. The company said in a statement.
“We will continue to negotiate with TWU, with the assistance of the Fair Labor Commission, to reach an agreement to avoid industrial action in the interests of our employees, customers and operations. It is disappointing that to date we have not been able to reach an agreement with the negotiating representatives despite offering a higher average income than the TWU, and we have repeatedly sought to engage with the TWU for further discussions. also tried, but the TWU has shown little willingness to try to bridge their disagreements on the outstanding issues.
“Only a portion of our team is a member of the TWU so we can take industrial action. However, there is no guarantee that workers will take industrial action.We continue to engage directly with employees to discuss the position of our business and the value offered as part of our wage proposition. I hope that even if the conduct is pursued, it will not be strongly endorsed by our employees.
The move could cause travel disruption for the Underfire airline, which has faced a string of problems since the pandemic
“We are seeking the assistance of the Fair Work Commission to narrow down the issue of the dispute between dnata and negotiating representatives. We have two days before the Commission, September 6th and 7th.
“TWU’s recent activity adds to existing challenges for the aviation industry and increases the risk of disrupting the plans of thousands of Australian travelers during a very busy travel period. We are working closely with our partners to stay on top of the situation.”
Qantas is ready for this action and does not anticipate any service disruptions to flights already booked.
“Enterprise contract negotiations are a matter for dnata and its employees,” a spokesperson said.
‘dnata serves more than 20 airlines at airports around Australia and industrial action could affect the entire international aviation sector.
“We have contingency plans in place to minimize the impact on our international customers.”
Data for July showed that only 54% of flights took off on time, making it the worst month on record for punctuality.
Last month, Qantas asked senior management to quit their cushy jobs and work full-time as baggage handlers for up to three months as the airline battles staffing shortages across the ‘Spirit of Australia’.
The airline’s COO, Colin Hughes, said in a letter to senior officials that he was looking for at least 100 managers to work up to five days a week in various roles at the airport.
Hughes said he “doesn’t expect to be selected for this role in addition to a full-time position,” but said it was necessary to respond to growing criticism of Qantas’ ability to meet passenger demand. said that it was a serious action.
Qantas has asked senior management to quit their comfortable jobs and work full-time as baggage handlers for up to three months.
The program sees executives sort packages, scan tags, and even drive luggage tags down the runway.
“While participating in the Contingency Response Program, you become an embedded resource with our ground handling partners,” wrote the airline’s COO.
“This means receiving a roster, scheduling an operation, and being overseen and managed in the actual operation by our ground handling partners.”
The program also sees executives sort packages, scan tags, and drive luggage tugs on the tarmac.
Under an unusual scheme, managers would be stuffing planes with people’s belongings and moving cargo between flights.
“Our singular company focus is on helping our team get operations back where they belong and give passengers the experience they expect from an airline,” said Hughes. increase.
Qantas said its “contingency plan” was in response to its failure to meet customer expectations.
A spokesperson told the Daily Mail Australia: “It is clear that our investment performance has not met the expectations of our clients and of ourselves and we have taken all steps to improve our performance. I came,” he said.
“About 200 head office staff have assisted at the airport during peak travel times since Easter, as they have done in past busy seasons.
“While we are managing the impact of ongoing COVID cases coupled with a record flu season and the tightest labor market in decades, we will continue to implement that contingency plan across our airport operations over the next three months. It continues.”