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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 41

(Question No. 1524)

Senator Hamer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 14 November 1986:

(1) What restrictive work practices are in force at Qantas Airways Limited, which, in the opinion of management, reduce productivity without any compensatory safety or industrial health benefits.

(2) What restrictive work practices in force at Qantas Airways Limited while having some safety or industrial health benefits, are done in such a way that comparable benefits could be achieved with less loss of productivity.

(3) What new restrictive work practices, of the type noted above, have come into force in the last year.

(4) What restrictive work practices, of the type noted above, have been eliminated in the past year and what have been the benefits to productivity in each case.

(5) Has the management advised the Minister for Aviation of the total annual cost of these restrictive work practices; if so, what is the total annual cost of these restrictive work practices.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) During 1986 the management of Qantas airways Limited pursued changes in work practices involving ground engineer-mechanics, technical aircrew and cabin attendants.

(2) Qantas has commenced an investigation to properly identify and eventually review work and management practices across the entire spectrum of the organisation.

(3) and (4) Once the Company has identified those practices that hinder the efficient operation of the airline or that lead to unnecessary cost in its operations, it will begin detailed negotiations with employees and unions to remove such practices.

(5) Qantas envisages that the review into work practices has the potential for significant benefits to its operation in the longer term. It foresees an improvement to its on-time performance leading to better cost efficiencies whilst at the same time providing a better quality service both in passenger operations and cargo handling.