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Union calls on ACCC to investigate Qantas

21-Apr-2011 9:12 AM

Transport Workers Union, which represents 9,000 Qantas ground staff, called (20-Apr-2011) on the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission to investigate Qantas' recent announcement of a fuel-related price increase on airfares. The TWU has also called on Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, to resist from using serious industrial relations negotiations to distract from real issues surrounding the company, the workforce and the community

Transport Workers Union: "Here we have a company fined millions and millions of shareholders’ dollars for fixing prices on freight in overseas jurisdictions and Qantas again jacks up the fare. Given Qantas’ four-fold increase in profits over recent times and the top nine executives at the company giving themselves a 58% pay rise, to again cry poor and put the onus on the Australian public to foot the bill is absurd. This is a company predicting growth of over 8% over the coming year and it puts up prices, regardless of this being an industry that always has and always will be sensitive to world events – it just does not add up. The Australian Qantas/Jetstar workforce has delivered for the Australian community and management needs to do the same." Tony Sheldon, national secretary. Source: TWU, 20-Apr-2011. [more]