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Australian aviation sector thrown another lifeline, but is it enough?



The global aviation sector has taken a major hit due to the pandemic as lockdowns and travel restrictions continue across the world

Australia’s aviation sector has been thrown another lifeline.

Domestic airline crew will gain access to Covid support payments of $750 a week, in an extension of the Australian federal government assistance for the aviation industry.

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced a range of measures to “keep domestic aviation ready for takeoff” – and that included assistance to retain workforce capability.

The Deputy PM says the decision to limit assistance to flight and cabin crew outside of hot spots, was due to the importance of the aviation industry in keeping Australia’s economy going.

“This is a crucial sector of the economy, it’s crucial to keep the sovereign airline capacity.,”

Joyce Said
Australia’s Deputy PM, Barnaby Joyce.

Australia’s travel market, like the rest of the world, continues to be hammered by COVID

Initially, 50 percent of pilots and cabin crew would be eligible for the $750 a week payment, providing airlines could show their revenue was down at least 30 percent.

“If the crisis goes on then we have the capacity to scale up to more than 50 per cent of employees who are aircrew, we’re talking about pilots and flight attendants,”

said Mr Joyce.

Airlines quickly welcomed the assistance, and the extension of key programs subsidising domestic and regional flights until the year’s end.

A half-price airfare initiative set to end in September was also extended until November, in recognition of the fact many cheap seats were sold on flights cancelled by airlines, due to city lockdowns and border closures.

Qantas called the support “much appreciated, given the acute challenges facing the sector”.

Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the support for services and crew was “essential” as they continued to navigate the most challenging period in aviation history.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with the Deputy Prime Minister and the federal government to maintain stability in our workforce and remain responsive to adding significant capacity when borders are open, which is economically critical to Australia’s future,”


Unions were unimpressed however, calling on the government to extend the assistance to all aviation workers

Transport Workers Union national secretary Michael Kaine said lockdowns affected all aviation workers from check-in staff to caterers, not just some cabin crew and pilots.

The government announcement followed a warning from Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce that the airline would again have to stand down staff without pay, if current low levels of flying persisted.

In June more than 9000 domestic flights were canceled as a result of lockdowns and border closures, including 5000 by Qantas and Jetstar.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Amazon employees walk out to protest office policies



Staff at warehousing giant Amazon have walked off the job to protest the company’s return-to-office program

Over 1,900 Amazon employees pledged to protest globally over proposed changes to the company’s climate policy, layoffs and a return-to-office mandate.

The activist group behind the rally is known as Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ), who are seeking a greater voice for employees.

“Our goal is to change Amazon’s cost/benefit analysis on making harmful, unilateral decisions that are having an outsized impact on people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people,” organisers said.

Over 100 people gathered at the heart of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on Wednesday. The company said it had not witnessed any other demonstrations.

AECJ said the walkout comes after Amazon made moves “in the wrong direction”.

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Amazon spokesperson Brad Glasser told Reuters the company is pursuing a strategy to cut carbon emissions.

“For companies like ours who consume a lot of power, and have very substantial transportation, packaging, and physical building assets, it’ll take time to accomplish.”

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The company has also mandated a return-to-office program.

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The pandemic saw the term ‘the great resignation’ coined as thousands of people resigned from their jobs across the U.S. in 2021 and 2022.

Karin Reed, the author of ‘Suddenly Hybrid said the great resignation was a period of employees taking control of their future.

“A lot of people realised in their current environment they were not happy with what they were doing with their job. They chose to vote with their feet and go elsewhere,

In other parts of the world, a spike in resignations was not reported.

However, a higher degree of workers began reporting post-Covid burnout, as they made a return to the office.

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