TWU calls for Australian wages and conditions for Australian skies

Release date: 28/07/2010

The Transport Workers Union has backed the Australian and International Pilots Association calls to stop cheaper pilots being used by Qantas in Australian air spaces. 

Transport Workers Union’s national airport official, Scott Connelly, said safety would be at risk if pilots or other crew were allowed to work in Australia skies at a lesser wage to Australian-based pilots.

“We do not want to see a situation where Malaysian, Vietnamese or even Indonesian standards implemented in a defacto regulation which undercuts Australian standards and conditions,” Mr Connolly said.

“Workers in Australian skies should be paid the same as Australian workers. A precedent has been set through the maritime industry, where sailors doing local work are paid Australian wages.

“This would stop a major transport company from importing an overseas crew at, for example a Vietnamese rate of pay, rather than that of Australia.

“Australia gave up on imported slave-labour in the sugarcane fields in Queensland a century ago. We cannot see a return to those days, and if this is allowed to happen, it is a slippery slope,” Mr Connolly said.

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