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TWU responds to Qantas CEO early departure

The TWU national secretary hasn’t minced words following Joyce’s early departure from the Qantas top job

Following the announcement yesterday that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce will depart from the role early, the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has responded.

TWU national secretary Michael Kaine says Joyce’s departure is welcome news for workers and “the first good decision the Qantas board has made for a very long time”.

“The question now should turn to whether the board should spill their positions following years of decimated jobs and standards, illegal outsourcing and outrageous bonuses,” Kaine says.

“Alan Joyce is slipping into retirement two months early with a $24 million pay packet, leaving one of the biggest messes in corporate Australia’s history in his wake.

“After finally receiving the public scrutiny he deserves for trashing one of Australia’s most cherished companies, Alan Joyce is exiting with a $10 million bonus, announced on Friday.

“This is a classic Joyce move: pretend to take responsibility while pocketing obscene amounts of money. He must be stripped of those bonuses immediately.”

Kaine says Australians are furious with Joyce’s leadership, which he says has seen three court challenges from workers, a safety regulator and the consumer watchdog.

“On top of that, Joyce led 15 years of wage suppression, grounding of the fleet and illegal outsourcing. It’s little wonder Qantas is also facing a class action from customers,” Kaine says.

“Qantas posted a record $2.5 billion profit after receiving $2.7 billion in taxpayer handouts, while obliterating its brand through unconscionable attacks on workers and treating customers like mugs.

“The new regime must embark on a total reset. Qantas needs to bring back good, secure jobs and quality standards.

“Joyce’s departure must draw a line under the ideology that has ruthlessly gone after staff and shown contempt for customers. We need a Safe and Secure Skies Commission to set appropriate standards for workers and the travelling public.”

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