QANTAS lay-off another 2,000 staff to outsource ground-handling jobs

Another 2,000 Qantas workers will be getting the sack, with the airline confirming it will outsource ground handling work at a number of major airports.

The move was earmarked earlier in the year, in order to save around $100 million during the coronavirus recovery.

It’ll affect jobs at Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.


The airline gave workers and the Transport Workers Union time to attempt to save the jobs, by coming up with a cheaper way to perform the job and therefore avoid outsourcing.

However Qantas has this morning confirmed that the in-house bid just didn’t stack up.

“This is another tough day for Qantas, particularly for our ground handling teams and their families. We thank every one of them for their professionalism and contribution over the years supporting our customers and operations,” a statement from Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said.

“The TWU’s in-house bid claimed that significant savings could be made but it failed to outline sufficient practical detail on how this might be achieved, despite us requesting this information multiple times throughout the process. Even with the involvement of a large accounting firm, the bid falls well short of what the specialist external providers were able to come up with.

“We have used these specialist ground handlers at many Australian airports for decades and they’ve proven they can deliver a safe and reliable service more efficiently than it’s currently done in-house. This isn’t a reflection on our people but it is a reflection of economies of scale and the urgent need we have because of COVID to unlock these efficiencies,” Mr David said.

The Transport Workers Union will respond this afternoon.