The Courier-Mail



QANTAS saw the pandemic as an opportunit­y to rid itself of workers who enjoyed benefits carried over from its time as a government entity, a union has claimed in court.

The Transport Workers Union has taken the airline to the Federal Court over its decision in November to cut more than 2000 ground handler staff and outsource the jobs to contractor­s.

The union is attempting to overturn the decision and claims the move to dump baggage handlers, ramp workers and cabin cleaners in order to use third party ground services at 10 Australian airports breached the Fair Work Act.

Qantas maintains the move was legal and claims it was forced to act due to the devastatin­g impact of the pandemic on aviation and tourism, saying it would save the company more than $100m per year.

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