The Spirit of Australia…n workers employed on cheaper NZ contracts to avoid Australian employment laws

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.

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5 responses to “The Spirit of Australia…n workers employed on cheaper NZ contracts to avoid Australian employment laws

  1. Sung to come fly with me by Frank Sinatra.

    Come fly with us come fly with us away
    We’ll screw our workers over but good
    From Christchurch to Bombay
    Come fly with us fly with us fly with us today.

    Come fly with us come fly with us today
    Our pilots are qualified they herd sheep during the day
    Come fly with us our staff work for no pay.
    Come fly with us come fly with us today.

    The Quaint Arse CEO is on the record a few days ago, waxing lyrical about their employees pay and conditions being safe as the Japanese nuclear power plants.

    Come fly with us come fly with us today.No thanks.

  2. narcoticmusing

    Is this the part where our super competent corporate watchdogs (ACCC, ASIC, et al) are meant to jump in and save the day? Because they’ve been so good at reining in the activities of anti-competitive and unscrupulous practices thus far…

  3. Gold star lynot.
    I blame Geoff Dixon: totally destroyed the culture of the organisation for short term profit gain and thought any downside could be countered by spin/marketing. But it’s sure hard to maintain brand loyalty when your planes almost fall out of the sky, no matter how many cute kids are filmed singing jingoistic pap in cute locations

  4. auchel wrote:
    Gold star lynot.
    I blame Geoff Dixon: totally destroyed the culture of the organisation for short term profit gain and thought any downside could be countered by spin/marketing. But it’s sure hard to maintain brand loyalty when your planes almost fall out of the sky, no matter how many cute kids are filmed singing jingoistic pap in cute locations

    Wow! There’s a statement. From a safety perspective I’d have Qantas over any other international carrier. Methinks you pay too much heed to the sensationalist Murdoch media and a few shock jocks.

    I do agree that Dixon as CEO was more interested in the bottom line than service and customer care. Oh! And lining his own pockets.

  5. “I blame Geoff Dixon: totally destroyed the culture of the organisation for short term profit gain and thought any downside could be countered by spin/marketing.”

    Indeed. In bloody deed.

    This is the start of things to come. Only people with their heads shoved up their own arses can’t see it.

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