The data for this study was collected using the weekly online omnibus conducted by Your Source. Using a sample of 1,053 respondents, this data is nationally representative of the Australian population, with data weighted as per ABS statistics. The data was collected from Thursday 21st July – Monday 25th July.
Question 1: Qantas management and Qantas pilots (represented by the Australian and International Pilots Association) are currently involved in an industrial dispute. Based only on what you‘ve heard and read to date, who do you support?
|Total support for Qantas pilots and the Pilots Association||56||+11|
|Total support for Qantas management||16||+2|
|I strongly support Qantas management||3||-1|
|I strongly support Qantas pilots and the Pilots Association||25||-4|
|I broadly support Qantas management – but can see the pilots’ point of view||13||+3|
|I broadly support Qantas pilots – but can see management’s point of view||31||+15|
|I haven’t heard, seen or read anything about this dispute||29||-12|
*Since May 2011
Question 2: Qantas pilots recently voted in favour of taking protected industrial action. It is the first time they have voted this way since 1966. In your understanding, why are Qantas pilots taking industrial action?
|They want higher pay||18|
|They want Qantas flights to be operated by Qantas pilots||46|
|They want extra free flights||2|
|They want all Jetstar pilots to be paid the same rates as Qantas pilots||5|
Question 3: Qantas management is considering removing some Qantas flying from bases in Australia and basing it in Asia to cut costs. Current Qantas pilots will most likely be excluded from operating these flights, which will be operated by other pilots on Asian terms and conditions. Which option best sums up your opinion of this plan?
|Bad idea, Qantas pilots should operate Qantas flights||61|
|Bad idea, the pilots, regardless of who they are, should be paid Australian terms and conditions||22|
|Good idea, Qantas needs to cut costs wherever they can||5|
|Good idea, Qantas needs to break away from the unions||2|
Question 4: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I feel safer flying Qantas, because I know there is an Australian Qantas pilot at the controls.
|Neither agree nor disagree||25|
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Published in AIPA Media Releases - 2011