MEMBERS of the Transport Workers Union have staged protests at the major airports in Sydney and Adelaide, angry at what they say is “axing and outsourcing of their jobs”.

The union also called for the federal government to take an equity stake in return for the more than half a billion dollars in public financial assistance already paid to Qantas.

Speakers at the Sydney protest included TWU national secretary Michael Kaine, Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey and NSW ALP deputy leader Yasmin Cately.

Qantas workers and union leaders speak out. Credit: YouTube

Mr Kaine said the federal government must take an equity stake in Qantas.

“Taxpayers have been ripped off and Qantas workers have been left high and dry,” he said.

“The Prime Minister said the point of Jobkeeper was to keep the connection between employers and workers. Yet Qantas has received hundreds of millions of dollars in wage subsidies and now wants to outsource jobs that it admits still exists.”

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Mr Kaine said the money Qantas said it would save through outsourcing these jobs was around four times what they paid their CEO Alan Joyce last year.

“Mr Joyce must resign and Qantas must become the responsible employer that the Australian community wants it to be,” he said.

The Transport Workers’ Union has taken Qantas to court this week regarding aspects of the Jobkeeper Payment schemea and is also fighting a separate case against Qantas leave entitlements for sick workers.

More information about the dispute is available here.

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