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Qantas Maintenance Workers

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten today expressed concern at Qantas’ decision to cut 500 jobs through a restructure of its maintenance operations.

“The Government is saddened by this news. Job losses for skilled, loyal Qantas maintenance workers are regrettable and my first concern is with the workers and their families tonight,” Mr Shorten said.

“The Government supports a strong, Australian-based and majority Australian-owned Qantas.”

“Since Qantas announced a review of its maintenance operations in February, my Department has been in regular contact with the airline.

“I’m concerned about the impact this decision by Qantas may have on the Australian aviation industry’s long term skills capacity.

“Consultations have occurred with various stakeholders during the review, including with unions and state governments. I encourage Qantas to continue to work closely with employees and unions to ensure those affected by this decision are treated with respect.

Qantas workers will have access to a range of Australian Government employment services through the Job Services Australia network.

“These workers are highly trained, highly skilled, and the government will do everything possible to assist affected workers find new employment.

“I’m sure any perspective employer will get a bargain with these workers.

“To this end, I have asked my Department to make sure that any affected Qantas workers are provided with information about the support available to them.

“These are tailored services which cater to individual needs and help people find new jobs quickly,” he said.

“This includes support with everything from preparing résumés and job applications, to honing interview skills and providing career advice.”

Any workers who are facing financial difficulties following their redundancy should also talk to Centrelink Financial Information Services Officers who can provide free, unbiased financial information about their redundancy package and other Government services.

Redundant workers aged 45 and over also have access to free, professional career counselling through the Experience+ Career Advice service.

The Career Advisers can help mature age workers identify their transferrable skills and explore career options.

Mr Shorten’s Media Contact: Sam Casey – 0421 697 660