Wow, that QANTAS sure is a national airline of which all Australians can be proud, eh?
This is what the Qantas strategy involves. Its full service and Jetstar budget flights between Australia and New Zealand are in full or part respectively staffed by Australians given a NZ tax file number and a NZ bank account and who are paid at lower NZ rates which also save the Qantas group the superannuation levy, even when they continue to live in Australia.
These employees no longer have recourse to the rights found in Australian industrial law.
In Singapore Qantas has already based two Australian registered wide bodied Airbus A330-200s painted in Jetstar livery which operate services between Melbourne and Singapore using staff on Singaporean labor agreements and rates.
The spirit of… giving your kids who work for us fewer rights than they should have under Australian law. Fewer rights than you have.
Than you have for now, anyway:
If unchallenged by the government there is no reason why the entire mining resources sector can’t do the same things, and change from using fly in-fly out charters from Australian cities to deals in which the work force is flown in and out on rotation from Jakarta, Singapore or Manila…
The merger of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Singapore Stock Exchange would allow the same hit on finance sector jobs in Australia, significantly downgrading the business relevance of Sydney and Melbourne, and removing high wealth jobs from the Australian economy.
And you’ll be paying for it, too:
The savings in pay and superannuation and Australian taxation and industrial law compliance would also cost the ATO and government revenues substantial sums.
Make sure your representatives don’t stand up to QANTAS in the Senate Inquiry today! Because, you know, it’s a national treasure. You’ve seen the ads.