Qantas’ Joyce Right to Oppose Union Push for Industry Wide Bargaining: CCIQ

Monday 5 November, 2018 | By: Dan Petrie

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) strongly supports Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s remarks that a push by the Union movement for a return to a 1970s style industry wide bargaining system could cripple thousands of small suppliers to Australia’s major airline.  

CCIQ notes the 1970s represented a period of high strike action that hindered Australia’s economic growth and damaged the country’s reputation as a place to do business.  

CCIQ General Manager of Advocacy, Kate Whittle said it is important that the modern economy provides a framework for small businesses to compete and thrive as opposed to being constrained by a return to an antiquated industrial relations model.

Qantas is one of many companies that maintain supplier agreements with thousands of small businesses across the country.

“Prescribing a one size fits all approach to industrial relations does not take into account the thousands of different operating models and respective operating margins among businesses” Ms Whittle said.    

CCIQ reiterates that improving activity and building upon decades of economic reform represents a far more pragmatic way forward for employers as well as workers. 

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