Qantas to axe another 500 engineering jobs
Sydney: Qantas is cutting another 500 engineering jobs in Sydney and Victoria as the airline steps up the consolidation of its heavy maintenance bases from two to one.
The airline has decided to cut jobs in Sydney because it believes it has an oversupply of line-maintenance engineers.
The latest cuts in Victoria are to engineers who have been reconfiguring Qantas’s nine remaining Boeing 747-400 aircraft, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The last of the jumbos will be completed by the end of this month, the paper said.
About 250 of the workers to go at Avalon are contractors, it added.
According to the report, the airlines will also reduce its workforce at Qantas Defence Services which conducts maintenance on the Defence Forces’s C130 Hercules aircraft at RAAF Richmond in Sydney.
However, Qantas will boost its workforce at its heavy maintenance base at Brisbane Airport by 100, and the airline has emphasised that the latest cuts will result in a net loss of about 400 jobs.’
It takes the total number of jobs axed from Qantas’s engineering operations this year to about 1260, the paper said.