Qantas cuts 2000 jobs with outsourcing of ground handling

Qantas to outsource more than 2,000 ground crew jobs due to coronavirus pandemic

Qantas to outsource more than 2,000 ground crew jobs due to coronavirus pandemic

Labor Senator Kristina Keneally slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison for allowing Qantas to sack staff after asking them to bid for their own jobs.

Qantas will outsource over 2,000 ground staff roles in an effort to save about $74 million annually, leading to more job cuts after the 6,000 announced earlier.

"While there has been some good news recently with domestic borders, worldwide travel isn't expected to return to pre-COVID levels until at least 2024".

Qantas Group reported a $2.7 billion loss in FY 2020 while suffering a $4 billion hit to its revenue, the financial results showed.

In a statement Qantas said it notified the impacted workers this morning.

Qantas, like other worldwide carriers, is fighting for its corporate life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has all but shut down global aviation. "Airlines around the world are having to make dramatic decisions in order to survive and the damage will take years to fix".

Qantas affiliate Jetstar has already transitioned its ground handling operations at six airports to external suppliers.

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In August, the airline announced its reasons for needing to restructure its ground handling operations, which includes baggage handling and aircraft cleaning, and commenced a review of external bids from specialist ground handlers and in-house bids from employees and their representatives. If it bids, that could be a problem in the current climate.

Qantas chief executive of domestic and worldwide operations, Andrew David said the industry has been turned "upside down".

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) had submitted bids on behalf of ground handling staff for operations to stay with Qantas, however were unsuccessful and did not meet the airline's requirements.

Over the past three months, Qantas has provided the TWU with access to extensive data, met with them on nine occasions and thoroughly considered and costed their proposals, Qantas spokesperson Henry Budd told SBS News. It has also taken on an additional $1.1 billion debt for operational costs.

"Even with the involvement of a large accounting firm, the bid falls well short of what the specialist external providers were able to come up with", he said.

"Qantas has spent hundreds of millions in training these workers up over decades to achieve high standards and the idea of pushing them out the door to replace them with less-trained workers on lower conditions is sickening", said TWU national secretary Michael Kaine.

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