A union campaign has forced Qantas to backflip on a decision to sack its most recent group of graduating apprentices, with all twenty now being placed in aircraft maintenance engineering jobs in which they’re qualified.
The ETU and alliance unions the AMWU and AWU ran the campaign after Qantas originally only offered to find jobs for ten Brisbane based apprentices after the union alliance took Qantas to the Fair Work Commission.
The airline found positions for the final few union members on Monday after the Qantas Facebook page was inundated by complaint posts from people across Australia supporting the apprentices.
The union alliance revealed the sackings through the media just before Chief Executive Alan Joyce announced a record half-year profit of nearly $1 billion.
ETU Organiser Brad Currey said the original decision to axe the twenty apprentices who had just completed a four-year apprenticeship was farcical and cruel given that aviation experts predict a dire shortage of aircraft maintenance engineers over the next decade.
'Qantas have been embarrassed into reviewing a decision which was ill-considered, which took loyal employees for granted and undermined its own future capacity to maintain modern aircraft in Australia,' he said.
'We're pleased we've forced them to have a re-think, and we're pleased to have protected our members through placement in ongoing jobs.'