ASU: poor management behind record QANTAS loss

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…

More Pain for Target Geelong Workforce

The Australian Services Union has condemned the decision to axe another 23 jobs from its North Geelong head office, after having made over 250 workers redundant just over a year ago. ASU Victorian Private Sector Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, said that today is a sad and difficult time for the workers and their families who…

Target announces job cuts in Geelong

Geelong has been dealt another round of job losses with retail giant Target announcing forced redundancies in its banking and finance sector. The Australian Services Union was called to meet with workers at Target’s Geelong headquarters early on Thursday morning. The union has confirmed that 23 Geelong workers have been retrenched from the division, with…

Qantas seeks full repeal of act

A COMPROMISE bill to change the Qantas Sale Act hasn’t left the flying kangaroo jumping for joy and the carrier will keep lobbying for a full repeal of the legislation. Despite claims by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss that the changes went “some way to easing restrictive ownership provisions on Qantas”, market reaction to the…

Blaming workers belittles the “fair-go”

This year has started on a worrying note with Government Ministers blaming workers for receiving a decent, fair, living wage Industrial Relations Minister Eric Abetz recently said: “We risk seeing something akin to the ‘wages explosions’ of the pre-Accord era, when unsustainable wage growth simply pushed thousands of Australians out of work”. This belittles the very…

Know the facts on wages and employment

Since taking to power in September, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Coalition Government have relentlessly tried to frame the conversation on the Australian economy against working people and their hard won fair wages and conditions. But we need to be clear on the facts. Recent data has shown that in the year to 31st December…