- Dec 6, 2004
smh.com.au said:IT now in Qantas crosshairs
By Scott Rochfort - December 17, 2005
UP TO 350 Qantas IT staff might be forced to follow the airline's chief information officer, Fiona Balfour, out the door early next year.
Qantas is considering whether to outsource its "information technology application, maintenance and support services" by mid-2006 within its overall bid to slash costs.
The review comes as Qantas faces possible strike action next month over its push to cut overtime and shift allowances of 2100 maintenance workers and over its possible intention to shift thousands of maintenance jobs to Asia.
Qantas declined to give any reason for Ms Balfour's resignation. An airline spokeswoman would say only that the 47-year-old would leave her $1.2 million a year job in March. Qantas's lack of clarity on the issue has raised speculation Ms Balfour was pushed. Her contract was to expire next November.
Ouch! Cuts to shift and overtime allowances for maintenance workers mentioned alongside Fiona's salary.