Australia: Qantas asked staff to work as baggage handlers due to staff shortage

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Australia: Qantas asked staff to work as baggage handlers due to staff shortage

The company’s chief operating officer is looking for at least 100 volunteers to work at Sydney and Melbourne airports, the BBC reports on its website.

The Australian Qantas airline asked the higher ups its executives to work as employees baggage handlers for three months in an attempt to deal with severe labor shortages.

The company’s chief operating officer is looking for at least 100 volunteers to work at the airports of Sydney and Melbourne, as reported by the BBC on his website.

Among their duties will be to load and unload luggage as well as drive the vehicles to transport the luggage to the airports.

Like most international airlines, Qantas is trying to restart its services as borders reopen after being closed due to the pandemic.

“The high rates of winter flu and coronavirus in the community combined with ongoing labor market issues make staffing a challenge for our industry,” Qantas chief executive Colin Hughes said in an email the company sent to the BBC.

Company managers and executives were asked to work in the baggage handling department for three or five days a week in four- or six-hour shifts.

Those interested should be able to to carry suitcases weighing up to 32 kg each.

Qantas is one of the airlines hit hard by the pandemic as countries close their borders and ground planes.

The industry laid off thousands of employees during the pandemic, many of whom were ground staff.

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