21 February 2014
Responding to reports that Qantas is preparing to announce major route cuts and up to 3,000 job losses Greens spokesperson for transport Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
“This latest salvo shows how low Alan Joyce is prepared to go in strong arming the government into amending the Qantas Sale Act and allowing Qantas to be sold off to foreign governments.
“Alan Joyce has form in using the threat of job and service cuts to pressure the government to get his way.
“These latest announcements highlight why the federal government needs to scrap their proposal to offshore Qantas, by amending the Sale Act.
“The government now needs to seriously consider a debt guarantee with strong conditions to protect local jobs or even purchasing an equity stake.
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