Many employees of critical service providers are expected to go on strike on Monday to support better wages and working conditions, which could cause delays at some of Australia’s busiest airports. The Australian Transport Workers’ Union (TWU), the country’s largest transport union, announced in a statement that hundreds of dnata ground handling workers will be on strike for 24 hours on September 12, while logistics provider Menzies will apply to the Fair Work Commission to hold a ballot protection contract in my state. New South Wales and Victoria, according to Xinhua News Agency.
“Workers at both companies are pushing for viable jobs and greater financial security, including more guaranteed working hours for part-time workers and fair wage increases in their company agreements,” the statement said. TWU National Secretary Michael Caine said it is disappointing and sad that ground handling workers are being threatened with their wages and conditions at a time of extreme stress.
“Earth workers in dnata and Menzies are forced to go on strike for the first time because they cannot survive in the industry if the severe deterioration in wages and conditions continues.”
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dnata workers voted in favor of strikes on September 12, which will see around 350 workers take part in strikes across airports in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide. TWU said the industrial strike will primarily affect the international operations of Australia’s national carrier, Qantas, with spillover effects on domestic travel.
Qantas has cut its ground workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and has outsourced the service to other companies such as dnata. Kane said the Qantas administration’s strategy of enforcing low wages and conditions from afar has turned aviation jobs into unsafe jobs that no one can afford to stay in. “We need to rebalance aviation toward good, safe jobs that keep the skilled workers in the industry and ensure the safety of travelers.”
With input from IANS