May 11, 2023

Qantas Outsourcing on Trial at High Court

The High Court hearing over Qantas’ outsourcing of over 1700 ground workers has now concluded.

After two Federal Court judgements that Qantas’ decision was unlawful, it is now up to the High Court to determine once and for all whether Qantas management’s appalling axing of essential workers was also the largest case of illegal sackings in Australian history.













“It’s poignant for me that this case will conclude at the High Court in Canberra. I moved here to work for Qantas in 2008. Now I can’t work at the airport because it’s too devastating to see the conditions at rock bottom” – illegally sacked worker Damien Pollard

Aviation needs reform to ensure this can never happen again.

We need a Safe and Secure Skies Commission that can:

  • Lift standards for all airport workers
  • Make sure workers get the same pay for doing the same job
  • Hold companies like Qantas to account for safety and fairness
  • Cap executive pay packets and bonuses to invest in workers


The Albanese government has made several commitments to a safer and fairer transport industry, and it’s up to every one of us to show why reform can’t wait.


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