The QANTAS announcement of grounding and lockout yesterday was one of those watershed events – you just know things will not be the same again – I just do not believe the pieces can be put back together again. For months the unions have been twisting the QANTAS tail with their escalating disruptive tactics.
Late last week as our Prime Minister went to CHOGM she was asked about intervening in the dispute and she said “..no”. How could she tell her union mates to try and settle with the big bad capitalist QANTAS ?
Of course it is obvious now this decision must have been planned for weeks – deliberately pulled on the weekend QANTAS was flying many of the CHOGM leaders home. How excruciatingly embarassing for our Govt – plus Minister Albanese muddling around on National TV on a Saturday to answer questions that he had no answers to – mumbling about “acting like adults”.
This intensifying union action can be traced to the Rudd/Gillard Labor Fair Work laws which unwound the IR laws from the Howard years – well now the nation will pay the price.
I think it is constructive to think back a decade to the collapse of ANSETT – clearly it is not in our national interest to rely too heavily on one strike prone and problem prone carrier. A few weeks ago QANTAS announced plans to relocate to Asia – we should say bon-voyage mates – good luck with your plans for a more profitable QANTAS in Asia – nice knowing you. This weekend the Govt should be talking with a range of well known international carriers about increasing competition servicing our domestic routes – Air NZ, Singapore, Emirates, Etihad – come to mind.
Interested to hear what readers think.