TWU

Failure to screen bags on Qantas flights threatens safety

Release date: 11/11/2009

The International Transport Workers Federation’s Oceania conference in Sydney will today vote on a motion on baggage on Qantas’ planes, which in part, “reserves the right to impose restrictions on loading and unloading Australian bags if security concerns aren't urgently resolved”.

Transport Workers Union National Secretary, Tony Sheldon, said the motion followed on from the Union's announcement they would investigate Qantas with the intention of prosecuting the company under OH&S laws, after claims by employees that Jetstar was not adequately screening baggage.

The resolution, it part, says:

“The ITF notes the campaign being waged by Australian Unions highlighting the dangerous implications and heightened terrorist risks posed by Labour Hire and outside hire at Australian airports.

Furthermore, the ITF affiliates note that a failure to urgently resolve the use of Labour Hire at Australian airports poses a threat to aviation workers in the region, and throughout all major destinations of Australian travelers.  The ITF affiliates reserve the right to impose restrictions on loading and unloading Australian bags if security concerns aren't urgently resolved.”

WHAT: Media conference regarding the ITF motion.

WHO: Tony Sheldon as well as ITF representatives.

WHERE: Level 1, Radisson Hotel, corner of Liverpool and Sussex Street in Sydney.

TIME: From 1.10pm.


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