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Pilots association expresses concern over Qantas job cuts


Pilots association expresses concern over Qantas job cuts

SYDNEY, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) on Thursday expressed its deep concern over Qantas' plans to cut 1,000 jobs.

The largest airline in Australia on Thursday announced it would cut at least 1,000 jobs over the next 12 months to achieve total cost savings of 2 billion AU dollars (1.81 billion U.S. dollars) over the next three years.

AIPA, the airlines pilots union, said in a statement on Thursday that it was "urgently seeking clarity from Qantas management regarding the detail of the announced cuts."

"AIPA believes Qantas is currently competing on an unlevel playing field and that the federal government should be looking to act and ensure Qantas is not unfairly disadvantaged against foreign government-backed competitors," the union said.

"The benefits that a national carrier delivers for local jobs, local skills, and the local economy are vital to the national interest."