By Angela MacDonald-Smith, Australian Financial Review
A shortage of jet fuel that arose at Melbourne airport this week – even if likely to be short-lived – has exposed the frailty of Australia’s fuel supply chain. It has also played into the hands of those who argue that the spate of closures of local refineries is putting security of energy supply in Australia at risk, a view firmly rejected by the supply industry.Read more
Gabriel Mocho, ITF Civil Aviation Section Secretary stated: “The ITF supports the cabin crew and Bassa/Unite in this dispute. In particular we commend the efforts they have made to find a solution to a conflict which began with the company’s apparent imposition of new working conditions while negotiations were still open.”
“Unfortunately BA management demonstrated their seeming indifference to the deteriorating situation on Friday when they withdrew an offer that might have solved the dispute.”
He continued: “Several unions have already contacted us with messages of support for the cabin crew, together with pledges to provide practical lawful assistance where possible. Unite members have been quick to show solidarity with their colleagues around the world in the past, and they now want to return the favour.”
645 aviation worker trade unions in 123 countries are members of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation).