Qantas the Australian airline is suffering severe financial difficulties and today I heard the head of the Transport Workers Union give his opinion about what should be done.
The airline has stated that it will have to shed up to 5,000 jobs over the next three years to stay viable.
The only offer from the TWU was reduce that number drastically or we will take industrial action (strikes).
Industrial action would only have the effect of worsening Qantas's position and increasing its losses. If that occurred the airline would either fold or have to reduce costs further.
Surely common sense would dictate that the union should work with Qantas management in a cooperative way to ensure the future viability of the airline and therefore the security of the jobs of employees covered by the TWU.