Aviation cuts highlight need to bring back JobKeeper

Federal Labor Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell has slammed the lack of federal government support for Tasmanian airport workers stood down because of mainland lockdowns.

Ten workers at Launceston Airport and 28 at Hobart have been stood down by Swissport, which contracts land and tarmac crew to airlines including Qantas and Jetstar.

Swissport says Tasmanian airport business is down 60 per cent due to the latest Sydney and Victorian lockdowns.

Mr Mitchell spoke with aviation industry representatives and affected workers on Friday.

“Tasmanian workers are being stood down without pay due to mainland lockdowns but unlike workers across Sydney there is no federal government assistance.

“They are left behind and on their own.

Mr Mitchell called on Scott Morrison to do the right thing by workers and bring back JobKeeper.

“It is clear that we need a JobKeeper style payment extended to all workers and businesses that continue to be affected by the pandemic,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Labor told the Morrison Government it ended JobKeeper far too early and now Tasmanian workers are paying the price of the Government’s failure to listen.

“I’ve got a really simple request of Scott Morrison – bring back JobKeeper.

“Workers can’t pay the bills if money isn’t coming in.