The Australian Services Union has accused Qantas management of driving Australia’s national airline into the ground following a $2.84 billion loss statement announced this morning.
ASU Victorian Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, says the current board’s position in support of Alan Joyce’s plans for the airline is untenable, and that Qantas management needs a plan for restoring consumer confidence and the airline to profit.
“Most Australians understand the competitive pressures in the airline industry, but a $2.84 billion loss result reeks of poor management.
“A loss of this magnitude says much more about the management of Qantas than the company would care to admit.
“We don’t see how any more cost cutting won’t compromise the service and safety standards of our national carrier.
“Where is the plan to increase revenue and turn the airline’s fortunes around?
“Australians have a deep sense of loyalty to Qantas. And not only that, given our geographic isolation, Qantas plays a vital role in the nation’s transport infrastructure.
“We need a strong airline to keep Australians flying.
“But it’s obvious that there is a distinct lack of consumer confidence, and this issue can’t be solved by further slashing services and sending jobs offshore. The airline needs a plan for growth for the Australian travelling public who expect exceptional service from Qantas.
“So far it’s the staff of Qantas who have been bearing the pain. It’s time for senior management to take responsibility for this result.” Ms Stitt said