I notice that Saturday Salon is all about the Qantas industrial action and lockout now, so I thought it might be worthwhile to put a quick post up, a mere coat hanger if you will, on which to hang comments on these events.
Was the Qantas CEO right to accept a 71% pay increase while cost-cutting and outsourcing employees’ jobs?
Mr Joyce received a 71 per cent increase taking his total pay to $5 million, after cutting 1000 jobs, including pilots, cabin crew, management and engineering staff last month.
TWU members voted 95 per cent in favour of taking industrial action in ballots run by the Australian Electoral Commission over the past month.
That, of course, was before the grounding of all Qantas planes, described by one Twitterer as “the biggest corporate dummy spit in Australian history. A tanty for the ages.”
Trust, certainty and confidence in Qantas has been eroded on all levels and the only unified support appears to be from the Qantas board which signed off on the extraordinary action yesterday morning.
The dramatic escalation prompted anger from Transport Minister Anthony Albanese about a lack of consultation before the grounding was announced, fuelling the perception that the decision was premeditated.
Alan Joyce has denied that the action is a Patrick’s-style manoeuvre which was planned many days ago.
Update [by MB]: I’ve written a substantive post, but comments are closed on it to keep them focused and centralised on this thread.
Update [by Kim]: The full bench of Fair Work Australia has ruled that all protected industrial action be terminated, and that the parties have 21 days to negotiate in conciliation (with the potential for an extension of a further 21 days) before facing FWA arbitration if the dispute is not resolved.
Update [by Kim]: The ACTU welcomes the FWA decision.