17 Aug 2011

MPs, union criticises Qantas job plans

9:39 pm on 17 August 2011

Qantas has come under fire from parliamentarians and unions as the Australian airline's plans to cut 1,000 jobs heats up.

The Transport Workers Union is urging the government to consider a legislative response, saying it is an issue about greed followed by stupidity.

The Greens and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon say they will be taking a close look at the Qantas Sale Act, while Labor's Glenn Sterle says it is a frightening situation, reports the ABC.

But Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce is defending the changes, saying it is building a better airline.

He denies there will be more job losses, and says jobs are not being transferred offshore.