Safety Checks Stopped
|Number of defects on Qantas aircraft likely to have gone undetected since 14th June 2012 when Aircraft Engineers were ordered by Fair Work Australia not to carry out safety checks prior to flights.|
What Management destroyed
- Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 17:11
- Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 18:04
Working towards solutions to solve common issues that confront their industry is how unions work. Representing members in the best manner possible is at our very core, but often that is tested by the callousness and stupidity of the employers we negotiate with. Trying to do your best on behalf of your members as an executive of the Association, sometimes with your own job under threat, can be overwhelming at times. That is where the support of our ALAEA representatives is a blessing and the very backbone of our Association. The ground work they do sometimes makes a small difference, sometimes it makes a large difference but it often comes at the expense of personal or family time. Yet time and again our ALAEA Reps selflessly get on with helping us all.
As a change of the guard approaches at the ALAEA I am duty bound to express all our thanks as an Association to the ALAEA reps for their service. As I said above it is this service that ensures the ALAEA remains at the top of our game, and amongst the most well-represented unions in this country. I would especially like to thank outgoing executives who have served the members of the ALAEA with distinction including Qantas Councillors Vinko Vulin, Bobby McGee, Paul Cail, Chris Hall, Ralph Young and Dave Taylor (Qantas Regional Councillor). Last, but certainly not least, our sincere thanks go to Stephen Thorpe and Vin Leckie, our Forstaff Executive members who now, with the closure of Avalon, have no one to represent. I wish those who are leaving the industry, and those who remain still representing the members, all the very best in their future endeavours and big thanks from us all in the ALAEA. If you know or see any of these men shake their hand and thank them for their voluntary service.
Consultation continues in regards to Line Maintenance Operations changes at Qantas. For those not aware these changes could result in a loss of 175 licenced engineers Australia-wide and the further loss of unlicenced engineers, who represent our future. Whilst difficulties are often encountered by both sides during extensive employment negotiations the ALAEA seeks only one thing – the truth. When the truth is spoken both sides can make serious grounds in obviating and mitigating the need for job losses. Getting to the truth and determining its consequence is what our work is all about and the ALAEA Executive will continue to do our very best to make certain Australian LAMEs remain employed in Australia. The serious concerns raised by the ALAEA as to the ever changing work models and figures presented over the series of meetings by Qantas management has resulted in vibrant discussion to say the least. These meetings can get loud and tense but when you are passionate about aviation in this country, and passionate about keeping Australians employed in Aviation, that’s going to happen and we certainly don’t apologise for it.
- Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:38
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Please find attached information that was sent to Qantas last week relating to redundancies.
- Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 10:22
- Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 10:36
"The Federal Executive approves the amendment of the ALAEA Rules by the insertion of
new rule 37C(a)(ii) in the following terms:
'(ii) by a related party of the Association, in connection with the performance of the
Federal Executive member's duties as a member of the Federal Executive.' "
Link to ALAEA Rules.
- Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 16:19
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Commonwealth Government of Australia
Aviation Safety Regulation Review 2014
Submission by the
Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association
The Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) is the body representing Australia’s professional Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (LAMEs). The LAMEs critical role in certifying aircraft airworthiness is best summed up by their trade-marked mission statement “Guardians of Air Safety.”
The Association appreciates the opportunity to provide the perspective of Australia’s professional LAMEs to this critical Aviation Safety Regulation Review. Engineers support the review and believe the current administration of Australian aviation safety oversight, flawed evolution of the national regulatory framework and subsequent reduction in Australia’s preeminent safety reputation requires in–depth strategic review and reassessment.
In considering this submission the Association encourages the Aviation Safety Review Board to view licenced aviation personnel as part of an essential quality control mechanism that ensures safety remains at the centre of aviation decision making.
This independent role is becoming increasingly important as Australia’s “worlds’ best practice” aviation safety practices come under increasing commercial pressures to align with lower “global minimum standards” and “least safe cost” alternatives.
As a matter of process we canvassed our members opinions for the compilation of this submission and a summary of some of their responses are appended to this document.
Download the Submission by following the link below.
- Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:39
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:42
Now Open ALAEA members are invited to provide to the ALAEA any views, experiences or evidence that the ALAEA may use in preparing a submission to the Federal Govt on Aviation Safety. Our submission has to be completed and submitted to the Minister Dept by 31st January 2014. See media release below.
Please email any info or comments to email@example.com with the words “Aviation Safety Review” in the subject box.
06 December 2013
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced the opening of the public consultation stage for the Australian Government's Aviation Safety Regulation Review.
The Aviation Safety Regulation Review, announced by Mr Truss on 14 November 2013, is a systemic and strategic review to examine how well Australia's regulatory system is positioned to ensure we remain at the forefront of aviation safety globally.
“The general and regional aviation sectors, in particular, have told the Government they are concerned about the costs of regulatory compliance and how our regulatory system compares to other countries,” Mr Truss said.
“This review will place us in a strong position to ensure our aviation safety standards remain up to the challenge of meeting the predicted expansion of aviation over the next 20 years.
“Australia has a world-class aviation safety record but that doesn't mean we should sit by and just hope it stays that way.
“I encourage everyone in the Australian aviation industry to engage in this review.
“The Coalition Government is determined to do everything it can to make a good safety system even better.”
The Review Panel, chaired by Mr David Forsyth AM, is now calling for public and industry submissions. Submissions close 31 January 2014.
Mr David Forsyth AM, will Chair the review panel. Mr Forsyth is a prominent figure in Australian aviation. He is the chair of Safeskies Australia, former chair of Airservices Australia and has over 30 years of experience in safety management and aviation business.
Mr Forsyth will be joined by Mr Don Spruston, former Director General of Civil Aviation at Transport Canada and former Director General of the International Business Aviation Council, and by Mr Roger Whitefield, former Head of Safety at British Airways, former safety adviser to Qantas and former United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority board member.
The review panel will provide its report to the Deputy Prime Minister in May 2014.