Australian Labour Party Senator speaks against attacks on jobs and conditions across the Australian aviation industry

Qantas and Virgin Australia, Australia’s two major airlines recently announced that they were planning to implement dramatic job cuts. Both airlines are intending to restructure operations to slash costs amid continuing turmoil in the global aviation industry. From the outset, the ITF affiliated unions’ response to the ongoing crisis has been to develop socially responsible […]

August 27, 2020

Fair Work Commission rejects Aerocare worker agreement, union calls out ‘poverty-line wages’ (

The Fair Work Commission has rejected airline service provider Aerocare’s enterprise agreement as unfair and unsatisfactory for its workers. Aerocare provides safety checks and ground handling services to airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar, Singapore airlines and Virgin. In March, the ABC revealed Aerocare staff on low pay and working split shifts, were sleeping at work […]

August 31, 2017

Qantas reaps record profits: What about security and safety situation asks the TWU?

Australia’s main airline carrier group Qantas announced last week a record annual profit of A$1.42bn ($1.1bn, £820m), nearly doubling last year’s result. A portion of this huge profit increase was attributed to savings on jet fuel, due to plunging global oil prices. However, destruction of jobs and conditions played a critical role as was explained […]

September 1, 2016

Prosecute Qatar Airways over pregnancy sackings, TWU demands (

The Transport Workers’ Union is demanding that the Government prosecute Qatar Airways for discriminating against women workers, including allowing for them to be sacked if they become pregnant. The airline should be banned from entering Australia unless it abides by anti-discrimination laws, the union added. The call comes after the International Labour Organisation found the […]

June 19, 2015

A “lack of management” at Qantas

Australian flag carrier Qantas on Thursday posted a record annual net loss of Aus$2.84 billion (S$3.31 billion). Transport Workers Union National Secretary Tony Sheldon said the latest Qantas results were only vindication of a “lack of management” rather than good strategy. See the video here>> The video also includes commentary from Federal Independent Senator, Nick […]

August 29, 2014

No flights over war zones: TWU (

The Abbott government must step in to re-route Qantas and other Australian flights away from conflict zones in the wake of the MH17 tragedy, a union leader says. Transport Workers Union (TWU) national secretary Tony Sheldon said travellers should have the right to know if their plane is travelling over a war zone. “The airlines […]

August 7, 2014

ALP conference motion on flying over war zones (

Australian and other international airlines should be required to adjust their flight paths to avoid war zones and other dangerous areas, Transport Union boss Tony Sheldon will tell the ALP state conference this weekend. The Transport Workers Union will put a motion to the conference calling for Australian aviation regulations to be changed to make […]

July 28, 2014