Employment news — 12/09/08

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Employment news — 12/09/08

The latest ABS figures show employment increased by 14,600 and the unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 4.1% in August. Meanwhile, Qantas has discounted claims it is ‘cutting corners’ on maintenance because they come from members of a union that is about to enter pay negotiations.

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The latest ABS figures show employment increased by 14,600 and the unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 4.1% in August. Meanwhile, Qantas has discounted claims it is ‘cutting corners’ on maintenance because they come from members of a union that is about to enter pay negotiations.

Employment up, unemployment down

The latest ABS figures show employment increased by 14,600 and the unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 4.1% in August.

The number of employed people in Australia is now 10,744,300. Full-time employment increased by 7500 to 7,729,700 and part-time employment increased by 7200 to 3,014,600.

Unemployment decreased by 22,900 to 457,300. The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased by 4000 to 321,900 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased by 18,900 to 135,500.

The male unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 3.8%, and the female unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 4.4%.

The number of persons looking for full-time work decreased by 4000 to 321,900 and the number of persons looking for part-time work decreased by 18,900 to 135,500.

The participation rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 65.2%. 


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Claims on safety union-biased, says Qantas

Qantas has discounted claims it is ‘cutting corners’ on maintenance because they come from members of a union that is about to enter pay negotiations.

A union survey of maintenance workers in four facilities has found that two-thirds of the 200 staff were concerned about safety on Qantas aircraft due to staffing pressures and off-shoring of work.

The survey follows an embarrassing series of maintenance problems and aircraft delays in recent weeks - including one case where an oxygen cylinder blew a hole in aircraft’s fuselage during a flight.

Rechecked more often

The union survey found 69% said work had to be rechecked more often, 67% agreed work had to be redone before it met standards and 62% believed corners were being cut.

The survey, by the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, found only 29% of workers had faith that management understood issues relating to safety and staffing.

Qantas executive general manager of engineering David Cox said the survey was of employees about to enter pay negotiations through their union.

‘We obviously reject the findings - our safety systems haven't changed,’ he said.

‘Not Qantas bashing’

However AMWU national secretary Dave Oliver said the survey was not meant to bash Qantas.

‘Our members take pride in the fact that this airline has the reputation that it does because they see themselves as being responsible for that,’ he said.

Oliver said the survey reflected findings by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority that Qantas was failing to meet some maintenance benchmarks.

‘Our members are telling us through this survey they are seeing numbers diminish, there's less investment into training and the engagement of more apprentices,’ he said.


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