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  Issue No 95 Official Organ of LaborNet 11 May 2001  




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Qantas on Impulse

The industrial implications of the commercial arrangements between Qantas and Impulse will be significant for the employees of both airlines.

First, there is the question of redundancy for Impulse employees on the ground.

Second, there is the question of wage parity for all Impulse employees. Former Impulse employees wou

d have a reasonable expectation to be paid as Qantas employees on Qantas rates if they are working for Qantas under Qantas colours.

The third significant issue will be the impact on aircrew unions, since neither pilots nor flight attendants are Impulse employees.

Impulse pilots have been employed for some years by a labour hire company, Air Crews Control Pty Ltd, based in Broadmeadow, NSW (also see Flight Attendants article in Workers Online No. 66, 11 August 2000).

Qantas has already shown an active interest in alternative employment practices, including contracting out and competitive tendering.

The commercial arrangements announced by Qantas on 1 May include Impulse contracting to Qantas its eight Boeing 717 and 13 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft, complete with pilots and cabin crew, who will fly the Boeing 717s in Qantas livery to primarily leisure destinations.

>From the outside, there appear to be a number of unanswered questions for airline unions. These include, first, the status of Air Crews Control pilots and Flight Attendants working for Impulse. Second, the arrangement creates a new precedent within Qantas of outsourcing future technical crew employment. The Qantas brand will be flown by pilots subcontracted to the McGowans' Impulse remains in hands. In the long run, this can only provide another model for alternative employment practices within Qantas. In the long run, the Australian and International Pilots Association and the Flight Attendants' Association of Australia may find themselves in a battle to protect job security.

Jim McDonald

Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations

University of Southern Queensland


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*  Interview: Geek Guys
Two of the union movement�s pioneers in new technology, Peter Ross and Mark McGrath, chew the fat about wired unionism and virtual politics.
*  Compo: Costa�s Angels
Behind the spotlight of the workers comp campaign four women trade union officials have been burning the midnight oil to protect injured workers.
*  Legal: View from the Bench
Compensation Court judge and former Attorney-General, Frank Walker, argues the Della Bosca workers comp reforms are a threat to judicial independence.
*  International: Timor: Time for the Truth
HT Lee was in Dili when the militas ran rampage. Now he wants the truth to come out.
*  History: True Believers
Frank Bongiorno looks at the origins of the Australian Labor Party, which celebrated its centenary of Caucus this week.
*  Corporate: Trust Me, I�m a Multi-National!
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*  Unions: AWAs � A Doomed Future?
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*  Review: Surviving Survivor
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