Qantas (ASX: QAN) may be calling it quits in Avalon. In an attempt to streamline operations and cut costs, Qantas is reviewing the remaining 300 engineers, maintenance workers, and contractors at its Victoria facility.
The review will most likely lead to layoffs – and it makes sense. Simply put, the facility’s out of work. Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi said in a statement, “In fact, there will be no scheduled maintenance for the equivalent of five months each year for the next four years, starting in March 2014.”
The most recent news has gone political, according to the Sunday Morning Herald, with State Labor opposition leader Daniel Andrews blaming Premier Denis Napthine for not fighting hard enough for local jobs. For its part, the Australian Workers’ Union noted its surprise and called Qantas’ review “another move towards offshoring.” While Avalon isn’t likely to see expansion going forward, Qantas has slotted $30 million towards upgrades at its Brisbane heavy maintenance facility, the undisputed “winner” in Qantas’ consolidation.
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