|Issue No 94||04 May 2001|
Qantas Takeover No Impulse Buy
Action was needed to ensure Qantas does not pick up a cheap labour force through its takeover of Impulse Airlines, the Transport Workers Union has warned.
TWU official Richard Olsen told this week's Labor Council that Impulse had been paying its workers far below the industry standards, through out-sourcing their staff.
Olsen says the TWU is now working with Impulse employees to ensure they are being treated fairly and their rates and conditions are at least equal to current Qantas employees.
And he says the union will be seeking guarantees from Qantas on the job security of both Qantas and Impulse employees
"While this take-over is disappointing for the community, who are benefiting from the unrealistically cheap fares brought about by competition, this has shown that the levels of competition in the industry were unsustainable in the long0term," Olsen says.
"From a positive point of view, this experience has shown that paying lower rates and conditions to employees still does not guarantee a successful business."
The TWU has been backed by ACTU President Sharan Burrow who says the former Impulse employees deserve the same terms and conditions as all other Qantas workers.
"Qantas cannot rely on cheap labour and still maintain its commitment to first-class safety and service standards, " Burrow says.
"Compared to Qantas employees, the former Impulse staff are 25 per cent worse off under a complicated corporate structure that avoids payroll tax and WorkCover obligations paid by every other employer. "
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