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Qantas loses ground crew outsourcing challenge

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Qantas has lost a major court battle against the Transport Workers Union

The Federal Court has largely found in favour of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) against Qantas in a case challenging the outsourcing of about 2,000 ground crew jobs by the airline.

Justice Michael Lee was not convinced by evidence from Qantas and some of its senior executives that its decision to outsource the jobs was not motivated at least in part by the fact many were union members.

It is not clear yet what effect the decision will have on the workers whose jobs were outsourced.

In late November 2020, Qantas said its restructuring of ground handling operations, which included baggage handlers, push-back drivers, ramp workers, and aircraft cleaners, would see 2,000 jobs outsourced. 

Qantas argued doing so would see the airline save US$74 million annually.

The airline also said it would also avoid large capital spending on equipment such as aircraft tugs and baggage loaders, and better match the costs of ground handling with fluctuating demand.

Qantas went on to award contracts to Swissport and Menzies Aviation, after a bid by the TWU on behalf of employees was unsuccessful to keep them in their jobs.

In a statement, Qantas said it plans to appeal the Federal Court ruling.

“Qantas intends to appeal the Federal Court’s judgement that it contravened the Fair Work Act in outsourcing the remainder of its ground handling function.”

  • Qantas listed three “clear reasons” for its decision to transiton to contracted workers, and listed those reasons in its statement.
    • Using specialised companies could save Qantas up to $100 million a year – savings it desperately needed to unlock as part of its recovery from COVID.
    • It would also remove the need for Qantas to spend $80 million over five years on necessary ground handling equipment like tugs and baggage loaders.
    • Outsourcing would allow resources to be better matched with fluctuating levels of demand, especially when the same workforce is providing services to scores of airlines at the same airport. The need for this variability has been shown again by the latest set of lockdowns.

Today’s judgment does not mean Qantas is required to reinstate workers or pay compensation or penalties

 These matters have not yet been considered by the Court and Qantas will oppose any such orders.

Qantas will also seek to have its appeal heard as soon as possible and before any remedy hearing, the airline said.

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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How the man training A-listers has built a fitness empire

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He’s the Australian personal trainer who helped Rebel Wilson shred more than 30 kilos of her weight

He’s the coach keeping The Voice judge Rita Ora looking trim and lean, as well as the entrepreneur pioneering the fitness industry in Sydney, Australia.

Jono Castano is working his magic skills on Sir Richard Branson, so what next for the renowned trainer as he takes on the world?

Watch Jono live on-air with ticker’s Holly Stearnes to discuss his success, training the stars, business moves and fitness advice as we emerge from the pandemic.

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Your next rental car could be a Tesla, following a major deal with Hertz

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Tesla is driving at full speed, with the EV giant striking a major deal with rental car agent, Hertz

Elon Musk owned, Tesla has officially crossed a $1 trillion stock market valuation for the first time in its operating history…and it follows a major order from global rental car agency, Hertz

Hertz plans to order 100,000 new EVs for its fleet.

It is the biggest-ever order from rental car company Hertz, and a deal that has reinforced the electric car leader’s ambitions to top the entire auto industry in sales over the next decade.

But for Tesla and its investors, Hertz’s decision to order 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of 2022 showed electric vehicles are no longer a niche product, but will dominate the mass car market in the near future.

Tesla data will be stored in China

Tesla also appeared on Monday to be making progress resolving regulatory problems that threatened its business in China

The company stated that it had opened a new data and research center in Shanghai to comply with government requirements that data collected from vehicles within China, stay in the country.

Tesla now faces the daunting day-to-day challenge of becoming a high-volume automaker growing at a rate not seen since the early 1900s…when demand exploded for Henry Ford’s Model T.

Tesla is also trying to manage an order backlog for its vehicles as it continues to deal with extended supply chain disruptions. 

Investors and analysts, for now, are looking past the near-term challenges, with the latest deal struck between Tesla and Hertz set to only create more hype around its share price.

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Crown Resorts to keep Melbourne casino license

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After being entangled within a corruption scandal, Crown Resorts is set to retain its Melbourne casino license

The Victorian Royal Commission found the resort’s conduct to be “disgraceful” but the final report recommends that Crown Melbourne to receive a two-year grace period.

This is so the company can be under the control of a “special manager” that can rectify an “alarming catalogue of the wrongdoing”, addressing the money laundering that Crown was allegedly involved in.

After this period, the special manager will determine whether they are satisfied with the company and whether they should retain its Victorian casino license.

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