Qantas slashes ground crew staff as job losses continue

Qantas will outsource more than 2,000 ground crew jobs in an effort to cut further costs as it looks to shore up its position ahead of an increase in air travel.

The latest cull by Qantas follows the 6000 redundancies announced in June.

The job losses apply to baggage handlers, ramp workers and cabin cleaners across 10 airports in Australia. Qantas said the move would reduce annual costs by approximately $103 million.

The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) had been fighting to keep the 2,000 workers in jobs but in a statement Qantas said “none of these bids met the objectives”. The carrier said the move would also allow it to match ground handling services with fluctuating levels of demand.

“Affected employees will be entitled to a redundancy package and given support to transition to new jobs outside the business,” Qantas said.

“It’s expected that there will be a range of opportunities for some impacted team members with suppliers in the sector as travel demand gradually recovers.”

But TWU national secretary Michael Kaine described the announcement as “a dark day”.

“To reject its own workers like this is spiteful and will hurt the airline deeply,” Kaine said.