Talks begin on 1500 job cuts at Qantas

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Talks begin on 1500 job cuts at Qantas

The ASU will begin meetings with Qantas group general managers on Friday to discuss how the plan to cut 1500 jobs by December will be implemented.

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The ASU will begin meetings with Qantas group general managers on Friday to discuss how the plan to cut 1500 jobs by December will be implemented.

The union has complained that, despite the cuts being announced on 18 July, it has been unable to get exact details of which areas will be hit by job cuts.

Instead, it has been told by Qantas management that the ASU will be involved in a series of meetings with the Group general managers of human resources for each of the business segments to get an indication of where they believe the job cuts will come from.

Friday’s meeting will involve initially ASU officials and Sydney-based delegates.

Collective agreement consultation process

However, the union has pointed out each of its collective agreements with Qantas Group companies provides for the process under which Qantas must consult the ASU and employees in an effort to minimise redundancies.

The relevant clause states:

Before implementing compulsory redundancy Qantas will investigate, provide information to and consult with the ASU on the following options:

(a) Redeployment to another position and opportunity for 'job swaps' where there is a reasonable skill and location match;

(b) Employees taking extended leave and exhausting accumulated leave;

(c) Employees taking periods of unpaid leave;

(d) Full time employees converting to part time;

(e) Full time employees converting to job-share; and

(f) A process of expressions of interest in which a suitable number of volunteers may be found.

The ASU said that as a result of this clause it will ‘work very hard to maintain as many jobs as possible and ensure that Qantas implements the full extent of the options that are available to staff who do not wish to leave the company’.

Additional stress claims union
 
‘We also are concerned that even if staff want to leave the company, that those who are left behind do not have to shoulder additional work and stress as a result of any redundancies,’ the ASU has told its members.
 
‘We will scrutinise very carefully what Qantas is proposing and involve members and delegates at every step of the way.’
 

Qantas cuts 1500 jobs, including management

 
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