Qantas fired 1,700 workers over canteen loudspeaker
- Qantas employees abruptly fired
- The High Court ruled it was illegal
An illegally dismissed Qantas employee has revealed 1700 staff were told they would lose their jobs over the break room PA system.
Don Dixon, a former track supervisor, remembers the moment he learned he would lose his job for an interview on A Current Affair Wednesday evening.
Mr. Dixon had nothing but love for the company he had worked for for over 20 years, until new management came in.
“I really loved Qantas. It was a fantastic company to work for until Joyce took over,” Mr Dixon told ACA host Allison Langdon.
The interview came hours after Australia’s High Court ruled that the once-beloved airline had unlawfully laid off employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Former Qantas ramp supervisor Don Dixon told A Current Affair that almost 1,700 workers announced they were going to be fired because of the lunchroom loudspeaker.
The Australian High Court ruled on Wednesday that the airliner had unlawfully laid off its jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic (pictured: former CEO Alan Joyce)
Workers in the dining room at the time of the announcement were told they would have three months before losing their jobs, according to Mr. Dixon.
“They could have sent something in the post, but I don’t think they would have paid the stamp,” Mr Dixon said.
“Over the loudspeaker, in the dining room, we were all together. It was just a brutal moment.