Another 300 QANTAS staff face job losses

The Spirit of Australia is sending 300 more jobs offshore.
The Spirit of Australia is sending 300 more jobs offshore. Blainey Woodham

QANTAS plans to shed another 300 Australian workers with the closure of an engineering base in regional Victoria.

The Spirit of Australia is sending the jobs offshore after a review recommended there was not enough work to justify retaining the base at Avalon, near Geelong.

The announcement comes less than a year after more than 200 workers at the base were offered redundancies and the closure of the airline's Tullamarine base resulted in the loss 422 workers.

Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Lyell Strambi said in a statement that the company would look into providers at Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK and the US, to maintain 14 of the fleet's 747s.

He said heavy maintenance work would continue at the Brisbane base which is currently undergoing a $30 million upgrade.

The closure of the base is another blow for the Geelong workforce, which is already in crisis mode following confirmation that Ford will close it's plant in 2016 and the Shell Refinery is up for sale.

Victorian secretary of the Australian Worker's Union Ben Davis, told the Herald Qantas had "broken the hearts of workers".

Topics:  industrial relations job losses qantas

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