from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Or ought to know. I had a short discussion recently with a complete stranger about the Qantas’ impending demise and the unions. When I suggested that the unions should shoulder the large, if not the largest proportion of the blame, I was told, condescendingly, that the matter is not that simple. I refrained from referring her, or rather I did not think of referring her, to my article of 21 November, 2011 Don’t cry for me, QANTAS.
Now the latest from the trade unions’ class war front:
“Qantas unions have a bizarre method of saving their members’ jobs. Right now it involves persuading the public that Qantas planes are unsafe and filthy:
Qantas aircraft sent for maintenance in Asia have been found with corrosion on the wings, multiple cracks, faulty engine indicators and, in the case of a 747 jumbo, three of four engines not held on properly, the aircraft engineers’ union has alleged in a dossier detailing a litany of errors…
In a bid to stop the government from relaxing the Qantas Sale Act, the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers’ Association’s federal secretary, Steve Purvinas, has used parliamentary privilege to release the dossier detailing errors on Qantas planes following heavy maintenance in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
The Transport Workers Union Queensland claims Qantas plans to reduce interior plane cleaning crews from six to three, and to restrict cleaning to first and business classes and the first nine rows behind them.
“This management has turned this company upside down, and now they want their paying customers to sit in an uncleaned space,” TWU Queensland state secretary Peter Biagini said.
It’s like Qantas unions would rather we flew Virgin, but kept their Qantas members in jobs with subsidies.” Andrew Bolt March 15 2014