This isn’t what we want to catch up with

The protracted dispute between Qantas and unions which has led to the grounding of the company’s entire fleet is an example of something we don’t want to catch up with.

No-one wins from action like this.

Travellers are inconvenienced, freight is held up, staff  lose pay and the company loses money and customers.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say something like this couldn’t happen here, but it is less likely to.

Some on the left are under the mistaken impression that stronger unions are one of the reasons that Australia’s economy does better than ours.

On the contrary, it would do even better if they had more flexible employment laws like we do.

2 Responses to This isn’t what we want to catch up with

  1. mort says:

    Yet again you miss the point of the action, it was about short term pain for long term gain, and smashing a belligerent union or 3.

    Look at what happened to Qantas’ share price, why did it go up?
    What does the market think of the bluff calling pulled off by Joyce?

    Now there is going to be an independent arbitrator installed once the talks get no-where fast in 3 weeks time, and they will be siding with the company that the unions’ claims are out of line with the industry standard, so an expectation to receive above and beyond the already generous offers is financial blackmail, and will force the flying roo into a domestic carrier.

  2. I wouldn’t go so far as to say something like this couldn’t happen here, but it is less likely to.

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