- Dec 6, 2004
BTW, the advertisement in the middle of this story (at least while I was viewing it) was for Emirates! :mrgreen:www.theaustralian.news.com.au said:Qantas warned on sending jobs offshore
March 08, 2006
ANY move by Qantas to send its maintenance overseas was against the national interest and would hurt Australia's aviation standing, the Government has warned the airline.
The national carrier is threatening to send at least 2500 jobs overseas, possibly to China, unless it can cut maintenance costs by 15 to 20 per cent.
But Transport Minister Warren Truss has told the airline the Government sees it as "strongly in the national interest" for the heavy maintenance operations to remain in Australia.
While conceding that the decision was ultimately up to the Qantas board, Mr Truss said it was vital to maintain aeronautical maintenance sites in Australia to uphold the nation's reputation as a world leader in aviation.
"We need skilled aircraft maintenance workers to keep aviation safe and to sustain our military aviation capability," he said last night.
"I have communicated these views very plainly and clearly to Qantas."
Qantas also faces trouble from its mainline operation after Jetstar pilots on Monday accepted a new pay deal to fly international routes.