The latest addition to the Qantas fleet.
I know I don’t expect much from the Canberra Gallery these days. But I would have hoped that even the dimmest hack’s reaction to repeated claims from the Opposition about the crisis at Qantas that “the Government should have stepped in earlier” would have been to ask “ummm… why?”
The dispute, before the management of the airline grounded the entire fucking Qantas fleet, was grinding slowly towards a resolution- as the industrial umpire Fair Work Australia has already noted.
Nor was there any wide-scale disruption to the travelling public, until management’s little dummy-spit.
Qantas management grounded the fleet. The Government went to Fair Work Australia, who ordered management to un-ground it*.
Which they did.
I fail to see the problem.
My boss at the union where I worked as an organiser had a saying, along the lines of “every industrial dispute gets resolved eventually”.
This was happening in Qantas. For the Opposition to now claim that the Government should intervene in an industrial dispute because of…stuff… suggests their grasp of industrial reality on the ground is somewhat less than through.
* They also ordered the unions to suspend their industrial action. Which I rather suspect was the whole point of this caper**.
** I also rather suspect this is akin to trimming your toenails with a shotgun, but I’m not the one being paid the big bucks.