Qantas will cut 167 jobs from its Engineering division as part of the group’s ongoing efforts to turn around its flagging fortunes.
The job losses are part of some 5,000 jobs cuts the airline is implementing, and will come from Sydney and Melbourne and reportedly include front line engineers and back office support staff. Media reports say 73 of the job cuts are licensed aircraft maintenance engineers, 36 are from support and admin positions, and 58 from components maintenance services.
“While any job loss is regrettable, we have worked with our employees and unions over the past five months to reduce the number of compulsory retrenchments through voluntary redundancies, job swaps and redeployment – and we will continue to do so where practical,” he said in a statement,” Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi said in a statement. “We are working with our employees throughout this difficult time and will be providing as much support as we can, through career transition services and employee assistance programs. People will be provided with generous redundancy packages.”