Qantas March results show higher domestic yields

The Cricket World Cup again proved a boon to Qantas in March, helping to strongly push up domestic yields as higher passenger loads also buoyed international yields. The airline said Qantas International and Jetstar International reported a “strong improvement’’ in revenue per available seat kilometre. March passenger numbers at Qantas International were up 7.6 per…

Babies, bosses and big workplace changes

Laws that benefit women in the workplace need to be strengthened so that female staff are less dependent on an employer’s whim. Not too many people will be surprised by Tony Abbott’s decision to ditch his signature policy on paid parental leave. It was an unpopular policy that seemed to disproportionately favour women who needed…

ASU to protest offshoring jobs at Qantas AGM

The Australian Services Union Victorian Private Sector branch will protest at the Qantas AGM in Melbourne tomorrow, calling on the company to reverse its decision to offshore call centre jobs to New Zealand. ASU Victorian Branch Secretary Ingrid Stitt said that over 500 Victorian ground staff and support roles have been made redundant since February…

Qantas: We need commitment on local jobs

The Australian Services Union slammed Qantas for creating new call centre positions in New Zealand when its Melbourne call centre operations are set to close mid next year. ASU Victorian Assistant Branch Secretary, David Leydon, said that the union has sought transparency from the company throughout the process but that this shows that Qantas is…

Coles to slash over 400 jobs?

After much speculation, Coles has today confirmed with the Australian Services Union the parameters of its massive restructure this morning in its Tooronga offices in Melbourne. ASU Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, says that she is glad that jobs will not be offshored but still maintains that job losses of this magnitude is deeply worrying in…

Coles: Where are the jobs going?

Fairfax media has reported today that Coles plans to cut between 500 and 600 jobs from its head office in Melbourne tomorrow as part of a renewed efficiency drive. ASU Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, received no notification from the company, but says that if it is accurate, the union will seek information from Coles about…

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…