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Support Qantas Workers – rally tomorrow at 5pm

Posted 21 November 2011 by Genevieve Kelly (NSW Division)

Support Qantas Workers
When: 5pm, Tuesday November 22
Where: Angel Place Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place (near cnr George St)

 

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, will be speaking at Angel Place Recital Hall tomorrow. He has been invited to do so as part of UNSW’s “Meet the CEO” Series.

In response, a rally has been called in support of Qantas workers. NTEU members, and members from other unions, will be gathering at the entrance to the meeting from 5pm. We are calling on all supporters of Qantas staff to attend.

As NTEU members would be aware, the Transport Workers Union (TWU), The Licensed Aircraft Engineers Union (ALAEA) and the Pilots Association (APIA) have each been struggling with Qantas management for reasonable pay increases, job security and improved conditions for many months.

Faced with management intransigence, the unions were forced to take industrial action. This, however, was nothing compared to the dramatic lock out of the entire workforce which occurred on October 29, and grounding of the entire Qantas fleet.

At the recent Qantas AGM (which was held at UNSW) Alan Joyce was awarded a $2 million salary increase, bringing his salary package to $5 million. A few months earlier, Qantas had announced plans to sack more than 1000 employees and offshore some operations.

Recent media reports have indicated that after 21 days of negotiations under Fair Work Australia’s direction, there is little optimism from the unions that Qantas management will come to the party and reach agreement with Qantas employees.

As unionists, it is important that we show our support for Qantas employees and their families. They are fighting for job security, and an end to the industrial hangovers of the Work Choices era. We understand how important such a struggle is, and how invaluable solidarity is in times of adversity.

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