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QANTAS077
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Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:16 am

after a great profit index announced 2 weeks ago the Kangaroo is wielding the axe again!

Qantas plans to axe as many as 3000 jobs in the next two years following a sweeping review of its operations designed to slash costs and boost productivity as the airline braces for a sharp increase in competition.

Senior executives have started work on the review, dubbed "Simplifying the Business", which could lead to Qantas axing about 10 per cent of its 30,000-plus workforce as part of a new cost-cutting drive.

The airline will also reconsider whether individual businesses such as Qantas Holidays and Qantas Catering should be spun off through sharemarket listings, and whether certain maintenance and IT divisions should be closed or sold.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=3229
 
miami1
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:27 am

Not to mention the fact that myself along with many others have been forced onto leave , the airine refers to it as a "company wide initiative to reduce complany liabilities to employees". Geoff Dixon company ceo also said at a company employee forum recently " i dont care what the employees think about it, if they dont like it, why dont they leave ". I would love to go over to his house, im sure youll find the walls wall papered with $100 dollar bills and the names of every QF employee slowly being ticked off as " redundant".
 
antares
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:33 am

Not good. If QF persists in cutting the front line it will be making the same mistakes some of the 'once were full service' carriers made in the US just when Southwest and JetBlue inparticular are raising the in flight standards.

As a regular user of both Qantas and Virgin Blue on domestic routes, I've seen this gradual process of Qantas getting meaner and its staff at times unhappier while Virgin Blue has been getting more comfortable and lifting its game.

An ugly development if it pans out the way the reports are running.

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RichardJF
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:45 am

Is it right that Geoff Dixon makes $6,000,000 per year including bonuses.
It seems a terrible example when your trying to cut staff.
 
QANTAS077
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:03 am

Quoting RichardJF (reply 3):
Is it right that Geoff Dixon makes $6,000,000 per year including bonuses.
It seems a terrible example when your trying to cut staff.


not ture, he's on half that amount but has a nice retirement benefit..
 
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:32 am

He should be looking at non-performing routes and get hard nosed on these as well.
 
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:57 am

As much as we can criticize Geoff for his large salary it is hardly overblown when compared with most CEOs of large corporations. I'm certainly not defending these extra job cuts in anyway though, I just think it should be put in proportion.

Surely you can only cut back on so many staff before your service begins to suffer. Is this also a trade-off with the rise in Jetstar which I assume operates at a much lower cost than Qantas Domestic?
 
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:59 am

Quoting SunriseValley (reply 5):
He should be looking at non-performing routes and get hard nosed on these as well.

Some Tasman routes are planned for the axe and will be operated by Jetstar
 
antares
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 10:26 am

Still doesn't add up. The Qantas financial reports deal with total group employees and the hunt-down-and-kill exercise could include victims anywhere but mostly likely Qantas mainline.

Given the line from Dixon about how Qantas is good for jobs and has consistently grown in employee numbers since it was privatised when he is lobbying to lock out those wicked foreign carriers it will be interesting to see if the media gets onto to case about this inconsistency. Don't hold your breath....
 
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 10:42 am

Quoting Antares (reply 8):
Given the line from Dixon about how Qantas is good for jobs and has consistently grown in employee numbers since it was privatised when he is lobbying to lock out those wicked foreign carriers it will be interesting to see if the media gets onto to case about this inconsistency.


It is the media that is inconsistent, not Dixon. He has said time and time again that he will do what is necessary. Good on 'im, too. There is still too much fat in the QF organisation.
 
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RE: Qantas To Slash Jobs.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:27 pm

I don't know why everyone is panicing. One rumour, leads to a media report which leads to a quote from a Union threatening another strike. Welcome back to the same vicious circle Qantas and it's unions have been in for the past few years.

Besides which frontline staff won't be cut;

"Reports today said the airline also would reconsider whether individual businesses such as Qantas Holidays and Qantas Catering should be spun off through sharemarket listings, and whether maintenance and IT divisions should be closed or sold."

http://www.tradingroom.com.au/news_r.../3/60/catf_050301_114600_7534.html

It is the support functions and management he is targeting not the frontline Cabin crew etc. Again lets not blow this out of proportion.

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