THE jobs of 1460 Qantas maintenance workers will be put under review today as the airline announces hundreds of cuts in other areas of its business. In a blow to Victoria's crisis-ridden manufacturing sector, the future of 400 workers at its heavy-maintenance base at Tullamarine and 660 workers at its Avalon operation will be examined, along with another 400 jobs in Brisbane.
Qantas also will announce hundreds of staff cuts in other areas including flight and back-office roles as it scraps unprofitable routes.
It is believed that at least one, and possibly two, of Qantas's three heavy maintenance bases will be shut.
The Tullamarine shop, which handles Qantas's workhorse Boeing 737 fleet, is expected to be under the most threat but Avalon's future is also in jeopardy.Qantas, which announced 1000 job losses last year, says the heavy-maintenance jobs will not be sent offshore, despite union fears work could be shipped to the Philippines, Singapore, China, and Hong Kong.
At the risk of being intimidated by the feds again for posting here,
Okay, that's a bit interesting. What happened? If you're not and have never been a public servant then you can't be prosecuted for speaking against the government, unless it's terrorism related or defamatory (which is a State issue).
The Qantas discussion on PPRuNe has been commercial rather than national interest based, so what have the Feds got to do with a company the government is quite happy to wash its hands of in the interest of fiduciary duties? There is nothing government about Qantas apart from the Qantas Sale Act, which they seem happy to ignore as long as the semantics are satisfied.
Either the survival of Qantas is in the national interest or it isn't. That's for the government of the day (Lord help us ) to decide. If it is, then presumably they will step in as they see fit, which they haven't, being more than happy to whimper in a corner acquiescing to the fat CEOs as usual (Vote Labor! the working men's party ). One can assume that given the lack of action from the government, Qantas is not part of the national interest. If it isn't, then we're discussing company politics and the Feds have nothing to do with it unless you're advocating terrorism, kiddie porn or free movie downloads. If they think otherwise; Get a Lawyer, Son, and start feeling really stressed out.
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The floggings will continue until morale improves.
The Sunfish strategy:
1. Announce Qantas is "at risk". Drastic action is required to save the Australian icon.
2. Immediate departure of Joyce, the Chairman and a Third of the Board after an admission of failure of strategy.
3. Immediately announce combination of Jetstar and Qantas. Jetstar to move slightly up market, Qantas domestic to move slightly down market.
4. Announce immediate removal of layers of management no longer needed because the group structure is going. There is only ONE Qantas.
5. Terminate Jetstar Asian ventures or rebrand them as Qantas.
6. Complete restructure of the company on the principle of: "If its broke, fix it; if it ain't broke, break it and then fix it".
This will involve: comprehensive evaluation of every manager in the company competing for the remaining positions - to be done by some very skilled HR types with the removal of narccisists and psychopaths a priority. I've discovered it IS possible to identify these people, I won't say how I know or how it works.
The Jetstar and Qantas work practices to be combined. Cheapest and best wins.
7. The deal for ordinary employees: Jobs will stay in Australia. No overseas crewing. The price? Payrises and work practices. Bring back work onshore.
8. Destruction of the Sydney-centric business model. Direct flights to capital cities an absolute priority.
9. Major revamped marketing approach for Qantas - "Your Qantas - Here to stay". Target each state individually. Parochialism rulez.
This total approach is based on the "Lifeboat" and "Freeze - Unfreeze - refreeze" organisation models. Jeff Kennett did this for Eighteen months when elected in Victoria, and got it mostly right.
All you need is a CEO and Chairman who can walk the talk and generate the sense of urgency necessary to galvanise the organisation and make change desirable.
....Unfortunately none of this is going to happen. Qantas will continue the death of a thousand cuts - the Sandakan death march. Managers like it this way; it makes them feel important and in control.
3... Immediately announce combination of Jetstar and Qantas.
Another possible scenario, significant players buy out of Jetstar, IPO on to unsuspecting mum & dad investors. Retire to Bahamas with loads of gold in the bank. Qantas free of Jetstar rebuilds with less aircraft types, kicks onestar out of terminals and/or charges commercial price for all services.
Only spanner in works is raising $$$ for buy out to satisfy the main Q shareholders, hard to borrow in today's market????
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