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Old 8th Jul 2014, 00:44
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Qantas Sacking Tarmac Engineers

That airline we all love have just started sacking Line Maintenance LAMEs. I know when I go into work this arvo I won't be giving them any assistance at all. If I commence an overnight check on a plane with 5 hold items. I guarantee you by the time I finish, it will have 10.

My D check eyes are well and truly ready.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 01:26
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Any word on where they have started the cull? And if so, how many?

Any chance people are being terminated by courier at their own home?

Report in today's press; Qantas sheds 167 engineering jobs | Mail Online

Good luck to all those who are below the magic line.

If people are being terminated today, fear not. Their is life after Qantas.

That said, sad to see things come to this.

A bit more detail from Sky News; http://www.skynews.com.au/news/natio...ring-jobs.html

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Old 8th Jul 2014, 02:07
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Can anyone confirm numbers and from what section. The news items are just a rehash of the standard QF news release.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 02:20
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Not a rehash.... Some guys here at SIO were tapped a few hours ago and after going through the usual Duty of Care cr*p, were escorted to the gate.

Tears were shed.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 02:28
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...two LAMES in MEL tapped this morning. More to follow....,
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 02:47
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the usual Duty of Care
I think there is a CASA audit happening at the same time.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 03:31
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I think there is a CASA audit happening at the same time.
Sadly that means jackshit. Fort Fumble and the Roo have always had an 'amicable' relationship, what could CAsA possibly do apart from issue NCN's for a Gingerbeers shirt being untucked, or perhaps a tool that has passed its calibration test date by 6 minutes, or maybe they will find the page of a QRH in the flight deck with a coffee stain on the corner of the page??

I feel very very sorry for the Gingerbeers that are being axed. More skill, experience and a knowledgeable part of the Rats fabric walked out the door within the blink of an eyelid. Joyce you really are a fool.

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Old 8th Jul 2014, 03:32
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 03:46
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The latest from Texas Tony.......

You may have heard this morning that Supply Chain have today let their people know that there will be some changes to the business resulting from fleet retirements and a reduced workload.

This morning, our Ops and Port Managers have also started talking to LAMEs who are potentially redundant as a result of the changes in demand brought about by the continued fleet reductions and changes we needed to make in Line Maintenance.

While we were able to mitigate 102 of the 175 positions, which were initially identified as potentially surplus, unfortunately we have not been able to fully avoid compulsory redundancies. There are still options available for redeployment into Perth and Brisbane and I encourage those who are now being notified to consider these opportunities very thoroughly.

We are now moving through a one-on-one process to explain the criteria used in the decision and the options available. Those Employees who have been notified will be cared for in this time of transition and will enter a structured 4 week programme and invited to attend workshops and career sessions to help them fully adjust to their circumstances and so explore their options and make an informed decision on their next steps. Notification to affected employees will continue over the next few days while we cover all shifts.

Today also brings an end to the forced leave program we have been running to deal temporarily with the previous overcapacity in Sydney Line Maintenance. A forced leave program comes at a significant cost to the business and as we donít anticipate an increase in maintenance requirements into the future, it is simply not a viable alternative to redundancies.

For the majority of LAMEs in LMO, our notifications will allow you to move forward with certainty. We are still consulting with the Alliance unions on the AME impact of these changes and I hope we will be in a position to let them know the outcome of that process shortly.

I know this has been a difficult and unsettling time for all. Donít forget, the Employee Assistance Program is available to you and your family. Itís confidential, free and runs on a 24 hour basis by calling 1300 360 364.

The professionalism you have demonstrated through this entire process has been exemplary.

I know I can continue to count on you all to keep our operation running safely and on time, and I know Qantas can count on you to help it through this difficult period.

Be Safe,
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 03:49
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And Nastyswine breaks his silence.......

Following more than four months of consultation and meetings with unions and employees, this morning our Line Maintenance managers have started notifying LAMEs who are potentially redundant as a result of the full implementation of the changes we announced in February.

We were able to significantly reduce the number of LAMEs who have been adversely affected from 175 to 73 by offering voluntary redundancies and redeployment to other roles. Those notified from today will still have the opportunity to apply for vacant roles in Brisbane and Perth.

Today we have also advised the Supply Chain and Component Maintenance teams that we will also be making changes to those areas as a result of workload decline.

Since February we have been working through a review of all of our support areas to meet the reduced needs of the business. As our operational areas reduce we also need to right size the areas that support the operation and ensure we are operating as efficiently and effectively as we can. Your managers will be keeping you fully informed of any changes required in your area.

As always, our commitment and our focus will be on helping everyone affected by these changes, offering them all the support they need to consider their choices and readying them for the next steps in their career where needed.

Please talk to your manager if you need any assistance or have any questions. Please look out for each other and stay safe.

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Old 8th Jul 2014, 04:07
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These managers will say anything. They told us during consultation that a leave burn program is cost neutral.

Putting out a notice that it costs the company a significant amount of money as simply a bare faced lie.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 06:20
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As a Pilot and fellow employee my heart goes out to you guys. I hope that those of you affected find greener pastures. Thanks for keeping us safe and of course for your professionalism and good humour. So sorry to see you go. The place sucks right now.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 06:22
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For the majority of LAMEs in LMO, our notifications will allow you to move forward with certainty.
That, surely, would be the greatest work of fiction since vows of fidelity were introduced into French wedding ceremonies...

^^^^^ What TB said.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 06:26
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And the facts are that only TWO characters need to go sad, sad, times indeed.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 07:02
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At least three off-duty B2 LAMES in Melbourne contacted by HR this afternoon to arrange meeting with port manager to "discuss selection criteria" in the next day or two.

Sounds like all notifications being undertaken today.

On the upside, if you haven't been contacted by now, you're probably safe.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 07:18
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Ultimately I don't think anyone is safe in QF Eng, or any other section for that matter. AJ is determined to ride the rat into the ground and damn what anyone says. Everyone else in management refuse to acknowledge that the emperor has no clothes.
More than ever the guys and girls in Eng have to stick together - regardless of trade.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 07:33
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Qantas Sacking Tarmac Engineers

Thoughts go out to all those caught up in this mess. I hope karma comes to those responsible. Good luck ALAEA. Keep those bastards honest!

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Old 8th Jul 2014, 07:48
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Thanks Troo Believer
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 08:00
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Best of luck to all those caught up unwillingly in this. I went through similar in a previous AN life and it is not much fun. I would just like to say that once you get through the other end of the pain, and if you can maintain a positive attitude, there is a great life outside with many, many, opportunities if you choose to pick them up.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 08:07
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Best of luck to those affected by this I am now happy that I left on my terms and hopefully allowed someone who could not or did not want to leave to stay.

Another sad day for the aviation industry in this country.

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