The Transport Workers Union of QLD slammed the Newman LNP government for throwing Queenslanders out of work as Queensland owned regional airline Skytrans was forced to shut down last week, the Newman government cancelling Skytrans’ contract and replacing them with a larger NSW operator.
“Campbell Newman and his LNP government have cost Queenslanders jobs through their embarrassing mismanagement of our state. Queenslanders deserve better,” TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini said.
“The TWU’s first priority is transport workers and these aviation workers and their families deserve better. They deserve to know they have a job from one day to the next, not to discover their livelihood has been taken away overnight because Campbell Newman can’t run our state.
“It takes only the most basic of logic both ethically and financially in the long term to keep a Queensland company in business in favour of going with an interstate operator.
“The TWU calls the Newman government to account on their latest fail, taking Queensland workers’ jobs and destroying a local Queensland business.
“Now the first priority is the workers and their families who relied on Skytrans for their livelihood.
“We call on the Newman government to compensate and assist the working families who have had their income reduced to zero and are now forced to look for work at the tail end of the holiday season. We are ready to assist the government with consultation on how this can best be done.” Ends.
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