How can you ANZ fans be so rude as to tell AN staff to just "get over it". It is now 73 days since I, and many of my former collegue's, have seen any money. And whilst we sit here wondering, most of the rats that deserted the sinking ship are sitting in NZ as if nothing happened. It is very easy to make off the cuff comments when you are not experiencing the hardship, so just have think about it before you type it.
It is an insult to us as Ansett (or former Ansett now)workers, it is an insult to our country, and it is disgusting how senior NZ executives have been allowed to get away with it.
I did not read the article that was refered to, but as it was produced by a journalist I suspect that many parts are made up, total crap or just missing.
Granted, Ansett had been mismanaged at a parental company level for many a decade. Bad and numerous fleet choices, not reinvesting funds, poor handling of workplace wage agreements, etc.... all stemmed from the way Murdoc and, in particular, Ables ran the place. But I wonder if they mentioned how mis-management became an over-required word once ANZ took over.
Some of the following are obvious, but others may not have been mentioned.
- ANZ paid way over the price for AN for reasons that could only be described as greed or plain stupidity.
- ANZ made this purchase on 100% credit because they did not have the cash (remember, they were buying an airline that needed a lot of money spent on it.)
- ANZ replaced the top 3 layers of AN management with their own people - people that did not know the Australian market or even how to operate in a competitive environment. Also, the AN managers they replaced were the ones that help get the AN company into a strong trading position only a couple of years earlier.
- ANZ blocked AN from operating SYD-LAX at board level when they owned 50% of AN. This was done because they were "concerned with the impact it was going to have on NZ SYD-LAX service". Not only would AN have acheived greater market share than NZ ever could on this market, but it would have put AN in a position where they had hedged income from US travellers when the AU$ fell. It would also have allowed AN to maintain many corporate accounts that were lost due to having no real international business destinations.
- ANZ blocked a fleet renewal program for AN when AN still had enough equity to roll over some old aircraft. The first aircraft to be rolled over where the B767-200's - well before their first grounding.
- All strategic decisions for AN were made by the NZ executives, without analysis or input from all if any AN divisions. This included increasing fleet numbers when the market had been already flooded with capacity, loading the BNE-SYD-MEL markets with capacity that should have been allocated to the more profitable and less flown markets (such as SYD/MEL-PER, ADL-BNE, BNE-TSV, MEL/PER-DRW, MEL/SYD-CNS, etc..). It was basically a pissing competition that Twomey was holding on a personal level against QF.
- ANZ management treated all AN staff like second class citizens behind the NZ staff, a point that destroyed the morale of what was once a tight family of workers. As a service industry, and with AN having most of the workforce, this was a fatal and ignorant act by NZ.
- SQ made an offer to purchase up to 80% of AN and 49% of AN international when the NZ backs were to the wall. This was to help fund a fleet renewal program and save AN from going under. SQ offered the condition that NZ maintain full control of the AN/NZ group, but Twomey went to the Board refusing to head a group that was not owned by the group. It was subsequently and obviously blocked.
The list goes on and on. For the staff at AN, we could see what the airline needed to survive, but were not listened to by ANZ management. Twomey and his batch of executives had agendas that only they were going to action, regardless of the potential outcome.
They played with an airline that had a chequered past from an ownership perspective, but a great potential going forward. It had great staff, good facilities, an established brand in Australia and growing stature in the world market through it's STAR membership.
Unfortunately they broke their new toy instead of repairing it when the cracks were small, and threw it in the bin like a spoilt child. For that reason, I will never forgive or forget.