I would have another look at the conditions for the LHR
base if I were you. Not as rosy as the picture you paint. You will prob find there is less than 380 based AKL
because through the current BA
/ LIRJ), Italy">EBA
overseas based crew are limited to 370 and that includes the BKK
based staff. Crew will not be employed directly through QF
but through a new company being set up at the moment - similar set up to how your being employed through addecco (except QF
will own the company Qantas Cabin Crew UK or something similar crew). The union are trying to protect its members from the conditions QF
have given to you.
With regards to keeping flights crewed during any industrial action, it all depends on how long the strike goes for. Everyone has limitations placed on the amount of hours they are allowed to operate. Industrial action doesn't have to mean striking. The Work To Rule EI
crew actioned a while ago was really effective, or they could go for the no smile action I think it was CX
cabin crew tried a few years ago ( lol come on I know someone is going to say 'would anyone notice'). There will be no way the FAAAdomestic will allow its members to interfere with their 'sister's' (the FAAAinternational) industrial action. While I know some crew do support the LHR
base there are alot of crew that dont - the crew that continue to operate during any strikes (scabs/Strikebreaker) will not be popular with striking crew, remember you still have to work with them.
Not being nasty but when the lax base opens up the AKL
base isnt going to be as attractive to QF
- They can get their Lax based crews to fly AKL
and you can bet the ex SYD
rotations will dry up. Goodluck with the new job.
From a pax point of view I would be really annoyed with QF
if I were to board a QF
aircraft and not here ONE aussie accent from any of the staff on a Euro-SIN
flight, and if QF
gets its way you can add JNB
- Aust or any US flights to the Aussieless crew flights. Which is what QF
have said they are 'looking at'.
What happens to the aussies wanting a job @ QF
longhaul ? the hundreds placed on a 'shortlist' waiting for a position to become available for over a year only to receive a letter saying 'sorry bud' the same day QF
announce their LHR
It is true that current aussie staff have been offered positions at LHR
@ 24500. If they cant fill the base with aussies they will hire brits @ a lower rate (Quite a bit from what iv heard). There has also been nothing from QF
as to what happens when the 2 year contract being offered is up, whether QF
employs straight from the UK @ the lower rate or whether Aussies will be able to apply. So while the jobs arent being sent offshore initially this could well happen in the near future.
Alot of people have been comparing the pay to BAs base pay. What ppl dont realize is that the BA
figure is BASE PAY and that allowances are added, QF
is allowance inclusive. The other thing is the BA
figure is for EuroFleet (dont know the LHRWW base pay which would be a fairer comparison as I havent seen them hire directly for ages).
agreed to advertise LHR
based positions in australia before in the UK, put the LHR
based crew on the same conditions as AU
based (remember this is all about saving on hotel costs and allowances - not crew pay
- from the horses mouth) and employed the staff through Qantas rather than some new company im sure the union would at least consider the idea.
But the union only officially hearing 2 hours before its announced to the media isnt the way to get them onside is it.
Not very good for a company being protected on the LAX
run because its Australian and employs Australians. Be interesting to see if the Govt steps in... after all it is election year and there have been a few mumbles out of the labor party.
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