Airline strikes, unions outraged
CEO shoots down his own flying kangaroo
Australia’s skies were plunged into chaos over the weekend when Qantas CEO Alan Joyce released an edict to ground all domestic and international flights in response to a protracted battle with the unions representing his staff.
The unprecedented move crippled the Australian aviation and travel industry and caused widespread discontent for stranded travellers globally. Over 70,000 Qantas passengers have been stranded around the world. Joyce claimed the self-sabotaging move was a bid to enact “equal pain” on the workers who had been striking over the last few weeks in response to widespread pay and job cuts and claims of a deterioration in working conditions, aviation quality and safety.
During the early hours of Monday morning marathon talks between Qantas management and the employment tribunal - Fair Work Australia - ended with a ceasefire ordered between Qantas and the unions. Flights are expected to resume locally and internationally from midday today.
It is unclear at this stage whether Joyce will re-evaluate his restructuring plans for the carrier which include the axing of 1,000 jobs. What can be assured is that he will retain his 71 per cent pay rise, which was approved by shareholders last week.
The estimated financial impact of the grounding decision has been placed at $AU256 million per day in losses to the tourism industry and $AU93 million a day in gross domestic product. ®
Joyce is going to need that pay rise...
Number one rule of any business, is don't piss off your customers. They might not come back.
Rule number two, is don't piss of your employees. Not only will they not come back, they'll bite your arse before they jump overboard (or are pushed as the case may be).
Good luck with your pay rise Joyce, after pissing off both your employees AND customers, you're going to need it to cure your arse that should now be the consistency of mince meat.
I've had many hours imprisoned in airports ahead of long haul (9-12 hour) flights because the unions thought I was "leverage" in their pay negotiations.
As an innocent member of the public that was targetted and injured by the unions I can say Joyce has my 100% support.
What sympathy do the unions have with the general public? The unions are a gang of bullies who go around taking hostages and then demand a ransom for their release. It is unconscionable behaviour that has made the word "union" a dirty word.
Maybe, once, unions supported their members. Provided legal support in employer/employee negotations and unfair dismissals.
Modern day unions, however, have all the workplace safety and unfair dismissal support they need through reems of regulation. So now they use their numbers to bully innocent people in their quest for never-ending demands.
Union members are anti-nationalist. They are anti-public. They hate you, they hate me, and they hate their employer. They are like the modern-day immigrant that is ungrateful for all their host countries give them; complaining and demanding more, more, more. A disgruntled immigrant doesn't "go home". A disgruntled union member doesn't "change jobs". They both whinge and complain. But union members take it one step further and HURT INNOCENT PEOPLE.
Qantas did what was necessary to survive. And I think the travelling public will be pleased that unions have now been prevented from disrupting their journeys and the never-ending uncertainty of strike threats.
If you support unions you are selfish and care not for rights of ordinary people. You just view ordinary people as "leverage".
"Does he seriously think that he can suddenly shut down the entire airline and spin that into somehow being the fault of the unions?"
Unions are a waste of space and a lot of union bosses seem far out of touch with the actual workers (high salaries, eating out at post restaurants etc.). Labour needs to be more flexible - no-one can have a job for life - the decision is be more flexible or lose more jobs overseas and end up unemployed.