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The Transport Workers Union (TWU) will be lodging papers in the Industrial Relations Commission this morning in an effort to have Qantas fulfill its legal responsibilities to front-line workers in the wake of the growing global swine flu threat.
Following concerns raised by workers at the airport, the Transport Workers Union will be calling for an urgent meeting with Qantas and other airlines to discuss what systems are in place to protect employees as a new strain of swine flu is reported to be within reach of Australian shores.
The Transport Workers Union has criticised today’s announcement by Qantas that it could slash up to 1750 jobs, saying the company was still profitable despite the current airline industry cycle.
Qantas employees at Sydney's international and domestic terminals have walked off the job this morning over safety and security concerns throughout the Qantas group of companies' operations.
Qantas baggage handlers, ramp, fleet and catering staff are returning to work at Sydney's international and domestic terminals this afternoon after stopping work this morning over safety issues.
Qantas TWU delegates, representing more than 3000 employees across Sydney’s international and domestic terminals, will hold a mass delegates meeting tomorrow morning to vote on a response to the increased outsourcing of work at Sydney airport.