In an effort to offset the declining workload, the ALAEA had proposed that workers take three months’ leave without pay in 2014, in exchange for a guarantee of employment through 2015.
The ALAEA also presented a plan to shift some heavy maintenance – primarily Boeing 737 work – from the Brisbane facility to Avalon. This could reduce the periods without maintenance work at Avalon to just four weeks over two years.
A union study shows that the Brisbane facility will not have enough staff to complete planned work on other aircraft types, and already has to use “excessive amounts of overtime” to keep up. So transferring work to Avalon would solve the problems at both facilities, the ALAEA says.
Strambi says that after “numerous meetings with unions and employees” during the review period, it determined that “none of the solutions that we explored or that were put forward would provide a sustainable future for the Avalon facility or our employees.”