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He's F...ing Wrecked The Joint

« Back to News Articles He's F...ing Wrecked The Joint

5000 Qantas jobs go but the architect of the destruction keeps his job

As the Wheel went to press Qantas employees around Australia were facing an uncertain future not knowing if they would have a job or be thrown on the unemployment scrapheap.

Our picture shows ground services employees watching news coverage of Alan Joyce announcing 5000 job losses on February 27.

The mood in the room was sombre as each worker wondered if his or her head would be on the chopping block.

We now know that most of those to go will be the long term, full timers who are on higher rates of pay and slightly better conditions.

A few years back Joyce introduced a cheaper workforce called Qantas Ground Services. These employees are paid a lot less than the loyal long-termers.

The long termers all have USE BY DATES stamped on their heads. They will either go in the latest round of redundancies or sit and wait for their time to be up.

However, every Qantas employee knows the name of the man who should be at the head of the queue when the heads are lopped and it is Alan Joyce.

The vast majority of his employees despise him.

They have fresh memories of his 2011 grounding of the airline at a cost to Qantas of $200,000,000.

The little bully boy didn’t care about the cost. He was determined to break a work force that dared to fight for a fairer outcome in pay negotiations.

For more than a decade his loyal employees had made do with pay rises that never exceeded 3% per year - far below comparative wages growth for the era.

Joyce succeeded putting an end to the industrial action. Even though the stoppages over a two month period totalled just eight hours!

Two years prior to Joyce's infamous lockout, Qantas had taken several union officials to court - including me - over pissy stop work meetings of a few hours in Perth and Adelaide. We were protesting over safety issues!

The TWU was fined almost $1,000,000 for the stoppage and our permits to operate as union officials were cancelled.

When Joyce took over the company in 2008 it had just announced a $1400 million profit, had good relations with its workers, and a AA credit rating. QANTAS shares were selling for $3.60 a pop and paying dividends of 70c a share.

Now, just five years later, thousands of jobs are gone, the airline is hundred of millions of dollars in the red and Joyce has his hands out for handouts.

You can't give the shares away at $1.03 and shareholders dividends are two thirds of f..k all.

It's credit rating has been lowered to BB+, which means the group is at junk status.

Joyce is an economic vandal of the highest order who has single-handedly destroyed a Queensland and Australian icon.

To paraphrase Paul Keating, he’s wrecked the f..king joint.

There is only one solution to the Joyce problem; sack the prick quickly before thousands more Qantas jobs are destroyed.