Posted on 01. May, 2012 in News
Reports today that Qantas is set to axe over a thousand jobs in Victoria is further evidence that the Baillieu Government has ignored the jobs crisis facing the State, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said today.
Mr Andrews said that the Baillieu Government had been asleep at the wheel for 18 months while Victoria had shed tens of thousands of jobs.
“If today’s State Budget doesn’t include a plan to save these Qantas jobs, the budget will be dead on arrival,” Mr Andrews said.
“If Qantas does shut any of its Victorian maintenance operations, it will be a devastating blow to the families of these Qantas workers. It will also be another blow to employment in Victoria.
“The ball is in the Baillieu Government’s court. Mr Baillieu has known about this challenge for months. Today’s budget must include a fully funded strategy to save these workers’ jobs.”
Shadow Industry Minister Tim Holding said the Government had been slow to act after the airline foreshadowed it would no longer need three maintenance bases earlier this year.
“Qantas has made it clear that without significant capital investment in new hanger facilities by the Baillieu Government, these jobs will be lost to Queensland,” Mr Holding said.
“The Queensland Government has built new hanger facilities in Brisbane. The Baillieu Government must urgently commit funding to upgrade the hanger facilities here in Victoria so that these jobs can stay in our state.
“The Qantas maintenance jobs at Tullamarine and Avalon aren’t all high-paying jobs, but they are highly skilled jobs, and once they are gone they will be lost forever.
“Thousands of Qantas workers and their families will be looking at today’s budget to see the Baillieu Government’s commitment to keeping their jobs here in Victoria.”