2014-01-22 17: 57: 06
Editor in charge: Catherine
(From this newspaper) Qantas Airways has chosen to outsource more than 300 maintenance positions instead of transferring them to Brisbane.
Qantas recently confirmed that after closing the maintenance plant at Victoria's Avalon Airport in March this year, its Boeing 3 aircraft will join the ranks of its Airbus A747 and outsource maintenance jobs overseas.
The news is undoubtedly a heavy blow to Brisbane's heavy equipment maintenance plant, because the market has always believed that Victorian maintenance jobs will be transferred to Brisbane.
The Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association pointed out that the market had anticipated layoffs in Victoria’s maintenance plant in November last year, but analysts expected 11 engineers at Avalon Airport to take up positions in other departments of Qantas, but on Wednesday The news shattered this hope and further expanded the team of unemployed Qantas employees.
Steve Purvinas, the Federal Secretary-General of the association, pointed out: "Crydom knew from the beginning that even though the workload of the factory was overloaded, Brisbane could no longer undertake any maintenance work on the Boeing 747. We felt that we were given by Crydom’s negotiators. Deceived, they made us think Brisbane would benefit from closing Avalon."
Crydom stated in a letter to the Society of Inventory Aircraft Engineers that the company had to increase its productivity and efficiency to improve its overall profitability. "It is not efficient and valuable to release the maintenance positions of the Boeing 747 to the existing factories of Qantas, so it is not a reasonable and responsible choice for us."
Crydom will send two Boeing 5s in need of maintenance to the HAECO maintenance plant in Hong Kong in May this year. Crydom will soon make a final decision on the jumbo jet fleet. Possible locations for these positions include Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Purvinas also pointed out that Crydom's decision to move positions overseas will put the company's interests before safety. He said: "The Qantas last time the heavy equipment maintenance work of the Qantas 747 was handed over to HAECO. When this aircraft was put into use, there were problems with the fixation of all four engines."
But Alan Milne, the international director of Crydom's engineering department, refuted Purvinas' views, and he said that Hong Kong's maintenance work will be done by providers that serve global aviation giants such as Cathay Pacific, United Airlines and Delta Airlines. "We strongly refute the union's view that Crydom will sacrifice safety for profit, and safety is our top concern."
Crydom announced its decision to close the Avalon repair facility in November 2013, indicating that the Victorian repair facility will be idle for 11 months in the next four years.
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