Qantas and Employees have been engaged in a routine industrial dispute for 7 months so why has this been elevated to a “National Emergency” status ? What possible circumstances could be in play that makes this dispute worthy of closer examination.
The Background and Time-line
- The Prime Minister looking forward to three months of “clear air” with photo ops and handshakes;
- CHOGM and Queen in Perth;
- Friday morning, Victorian and NSW Liberal Governments call on PM to intervene in dispute although no actual action current. PM calls action by Victorian and NSW Liberal Governments a stunt;
- Friday, no indication at the Qantas AGM that management is planning extreme disruption to Qantas operations. Despite shareholder rumblings a massive pay rise for Qantas CEO Joyce;
- Saturday am Qantas board meets;
- Saturday afternoon Queen flies out of Perth, Joyce contacts Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport;
- Saturday 5 pm Qantas grounds all flights;
- Anthony Albanese press conference;
- Saturday 8 pm Prime Minister press conference, Fair Work Australia (FWA) called in on a matter of national importance;
- Saturday 9 pm FWA convenes, under FWA provisions NSW and Vic Governments can join.
Is our system of democracy under attack? There is prima facie evidence that Qantas and both the NSW and Victorian Liberal Governments have colluded in raising the level of this dispute.
The Liberal Party opposition, Business Leaders, NSW and Victorian Liberal Governments have turned up the volume and are blaming the PM. A lot of effort, careful planning and coordination has taken place to bring on this issue at this time.
Some questions need to be answered, who on the Qantas Board knew that this was going to happen?
When did they know?
Abbott and his supporters will try anything to bring down the present Government, the AstroTurf grass roots “Ditch the Witch” campaign was a dismal failure maybe it’s time for a try from the big end of town.
Footnote it is now three days after the original post (above).
I include the following post covering some interesting follow up events:
Posted November 1, 2011 at 12:37 am | Permalink by Kate: Ok here goes. I’ve been brewing on this for a few days . In the shock of the Saturday grounding of the QF fleet I found myself home alone on Saturday night watching the FWA updates (sad but true). Bugger that, so I headed into FWA in Exhibition St and quickly got hooked on the night’s proceedings. I realise this is a poor reflection on my personality!A procession of key players would walk past every now and then, and as the proceedings dragged on I befriended the night-owl brigade of cameramen. They filled in the gaps when unfamiliar punters came into camera shot. Their interest rose when the Victorian Minister for Transport arrived at the FWA hearing (and quickly left) with a grin from ear to ear. Apparently he was also representing the NSW transport minister too. Dare I spell out to all readers 12 year old’s and under, that both gents conincidentally are Liberal MP’s.Now here is the clunker that I missed. The cameramen (and a fair few journo’s) were keen to know why the Minister was so easily available on a Saturday night (remember this is a long weekend and Oaks Day in Melbourne and half the city is tanked) to attend proceedings all suited up. Noteworthy given the only participants on Saturday night were journo’s, lawyers and union representatives, oh and a handful of tragic’s like me.Given the said Ministers letter writing stunt to the Government, specifically calling for industrial action to be terminated(we all know the letter went to media outlets enroute to the PM) and was felt premature at the time, is it possible that Liberal party members were in the loop regarding the grounding of Qantas well in advance of Minister Albanese et al???? Did Olivia Wirth sneak a peak of the lock out letter posted to unsuspecting staff to her former boss Joe Hockey???? Why did Tony Abbot weigh into the debate blaming the Government????……….ah gottcha there…..Kudos to Bill Shorten for showing up the following day for 12 hours, and Adam Bandt for spending a lot of time there too.
Alan Joyce grounds an airline… a cunning stunt. Indeed.
This cross post is from a comment on “Crikey” thanks Tom R for the alert.