The Federal Court has ruled that Qantas unfairly sacked and outsourced thousands of baggage handlers, ramp workers and cabin cleaners late last year, using the pandemic as the excuse. Jim McIlroy reports.

Workers at two council-owned inner west pools have been stood down by private operators without pay during lockdown. Pip Hinman argues this is the ugly consequence of councils contracting out community services.

On July 30, Liverpool Council outdoor staff walked off the job after hearing that management wants to “tender out” cleaners’ jobs. Management wants to “cut costs” by tendering the jobs to cheaper firms which would pay less and provide a poorer service for residents. The United Services Union (USU) said that management, cynically, had offered to help workers prepare a tender for their own jobs!