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Qantas axes 123 cabin crew jobs

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Qantas has closed its cabin crew base in Bangkok – one of three overseas – leading to a loss of about 123 jobs because of a big slump in demand for international travel.

The airline previously embarked on a large recruitment drive for overseas cabin crew in a bid to cut labour costs and dilute the influence unions have over its 35,000-strong workforce.

But Qantas has ended its contract with the company that employed 123 Thai nationals to work as cabin crew on the airline’s international flights.

The Flight Attendant’s Association of Australia said today that the closure was a stark reminder of the job insecurity faced by long-haul cabin crew.

Qantas has so far resisted cutting cabin crew from its Australian-based workforce, although measures such as leave-without-pay have been introduced. The airline’s international operations are losing money, particularly on the key routes to the US and Europe.

The airline and union struck an agreement several years ago not to have more than 25 per cent of international cabin crew made up of foreign nationals. Qantas employs a total of about 4500 international flight attendants.

The union has a longstanding opposition to the offshoring of long-haul cabin crew jobs.

“I wish to reiterate that this announcement of the closure of Bangkok, further demonstrates the serious job security situation for long-haul crew,” the union’s secretary of the international division, Michael Mijatov, wrote in a letter to members.

“This announcement by Qantas should demonstrate to even those that are most sceptical amongst us, that the current situation facing us is serious.”

Qantas also has long-haul cabin crew bases in London and Auckland. Crews based in New Zealand’s largest city typically work 30 per cent more hours on half the base pay of their Australian counterparts.

Having already laid off up to 3250 workers in the past 18 months, Qantas last week announced $1.5 billion in spending cuts over three years, including $500 million this financial year. It follows $3 billion in cuts over the previous five years.

Qantas also recorded last week its first half-year loss in six years as it suffered from big falls in demand for premium seats on international routes.

The airline has been pulling almost every lever to cope with a dire short-term outlook, including grounding planes, delaying and cancelling deliveries of new aircraft, and raising $500 million from investors to keep its investment-grade rating.

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  1. any vacany

  2. any vacancy in ur airlines inform me

  3. Right now i am pursuing my final year in hotel management. Please inform me if there is any vacancy.

    Rohit Bakshi Reply:

    SIA IS CURRENTLY HIRING CABIN CREW IN BLUK SO YOU CAN CHECK ON THEIR WEBSITE.

    THANKS

  4. dear sir i am andrewth looking for a job as cabincrew in ur career .wil u plz send an email if interview happens

  5. i would like to apply for positions as acabin crew member, where do i contact you and who do i speak to???

  6. i need an email address for the recruiter so as to send my resume to them.
    urgently

  7. I am currently a cabin crew with air niugini and I am thinking of becoming a cabin crew for qantas airways.

    Pls let me know if there is any space.

    Cheers!

    Philemon. Augustine

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