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Labor demands answers from Airservices Australia.



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Media Release

SENATOR KERRY O’BRIEN SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT

1 March 2006

LABOR DEMANDS ANSWERS FROM AIRSERVICES AUSTRALIA

Federal Labor notes with concern today’s announcement that 300 jobs are set to be axed at government-owned Airservices Australia.

Labor is concerned that these job cuts will impact on aviation safety.

Airservices Australia’s management and the Minister for Transport Warren Truss must guarantee that aviation safety will not suffer as a result of the jobs cuts announced today.

Labor is concerned about the lack of clarity in today’s announcement by Airservices Australia’s CEO Greg Russell.

While welcoming the organisation’s stated commitment to improved accountability and communication, Labor wants to know what ‘realigning’ its activities actually means.

The three hundred positions set to be axed represent almost ten per cent of Airservices Australia’s current workforce.

More than half of its workforce is made up of air traffic controllers and aviation fire officers.

Labor wants to know whether the 300 positions to be axed are really excess to the organisation’s core responsibilities and can be cut by simply “removing duplicated functions.”

Airservices Australia must spell out which jobs it intends to axe by function and location.

Only that detail will permit an assessment of the impact of today’s announcement.

Contact: Kerry O’Brien 02 6277 3842 / 0419 007 780 Mathew Jose 02 6277 3842 / 0407 435 624