Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has again rejected union claims that the airline’s new international strategy is about offshoring Australian jobs to cheaper countries in Asia (The Australian Financial Review, 28-Aug-2011). He said the claims deliberately misrepresented that Qantas was “essentially using its expertise to create ventures in other countries where it can make money”. He said that if Qantas fails to change it would end up "going the way of Ansett, TWA and Pan Am" if it did not push ahead with substantive changes to its international operations (Sydney Morning Herald, 18-Aug-2011). Mr Joyce used the example of other prominent Australian companies that have moved aggressively overseas, including BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, and ANZ, a major Australian-based bank, saying that prohibiting Qantas from expanding into Asia would be akin to prohibiting other companies from doing the same.
Qantas: “I have to say that there’s been a lot of misinformation going around – and there is no offshoring of jobs. What’s actually happening is that we are reducing our services into the UK because they are massive loss-making operations…Those jobs are gone. They’re not going anywhere else; they’re not going to Asia – the are gone.” Alan Joyce, CEO. Source: The Australian Financial Review, 28-Aug-2011.