Qantas executives will work as baggage handlers for a three-month program as part of a contingency program to combat labour shortages, the airline announced.
Qantas asks execs to take on luggage duty as labour shortage bites
Senior executives at Qantas could soon trade their high-flying positions to work as ground handlers as part of a plan to combat labour shortages.
Qantas chief operating officer Colin Hughes told staff in an internal memo the company is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for a contingency program over a three-month period.
People who respond to the EOI will be trained and rostered into the ramp environment at Sydney and Melbourne airports.
It comes after at least 1600 baggage handlers were sacked during lockdown, with the service outsourced to contractors, a decision the Federal Court ruled was unlawful. Qantas previously vowed to appeal the decision, Hughes wrote inn the memo.