Qantas bonus fight
The TWU joins six other unions in fight over bonus delay
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, Qantas has failed its workers on health and safety, bullied and intimidated workers for raising legitimate concerns and forced workers to bear the brunt of this crisis through stand downs and using up their hard-earned leave entitlements.
This appalling response to a global health emergency has led to 50 workers contracting the virus.
It is unfortunately unsurprising that Qantas workers have contracted COVID-19 following exposure at work. Qantas has maintained that risk to workers is low despite them being on the front-line of this crisis. Here is just some of the evidence that Qantas has not only failed workers, but put them in harm’s way:
Click PLAY below to hear TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine on 2GB Alan Jones Breakfast Show – “Qantas employee stood down” (6 Feb 2020)
Qantas continually pushes the burden of this crisis onto workers, with no guarantee that workers will be repaid when the aviation industry returns to health.
Qantas is no stranger to forcing workers and taxpayers to bail it out, but refuses to repay those people when it turns around record profits.
The TWU has called out Qantas over its poor treatment of workers, and reported the health and safety concerns to SafeWork Australia that the regulator is now investigating. TWU delegates and officials are putting pressure on the company to ensure fairer processes for stand downs and ensure worker entitlements are re-credited.
The TWU continues to pressure the Federal Government to take a stake in airlines it bails out and to ensure companies like Qantas do not exploit the new government wage subsidy for its own gain at the expense of workers entitlements.
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