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As one pilot remarked, ‘Pity Joyce wasn’t here to face the fire that he caused. Hopefully some more heads will roll’.
Michael Sainsbury
Sep 13, 2023
Qantas has today lost its appeal to the High Court for illegally sacking 1,700 baggage handlers, cleaners and ground staff, and calls for a clean-out of the airline’s board have reached fever pitch.  
Qantas has now been found guilty by the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeals and Australia’s highest court in a devastating unanimous decision by the seven justices in a case brought by the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU). The national carrier is now on the path to paying the multimillion-dollar legal bill on both sides, compensation to workers, and to clawing back bonuses from senior executives.
During the court hearings, Qantas conveniently maintained that the “sole decision-maker” in the matter was domestic and international division CEO Andrew David, who leaves the company this month — but the strategy clearly came from the top of the company.
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Michael Sainsbury
South-East Asia Correspondent
Michael Sainsbury is a journalist based in Asia with more than 20 years’ experience writing about business, business politics and human rights across Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
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