In a move that is tactically similar to grounding Qantas passengers in order to get the unions, its CEO Alan Joyce has suspended its support for Tourism Australia because its chair, former Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon, is being beastly to it.

The object this time is to force Dixon, who is involved in a private equity plan to bring ‘strategic change’ to Qantas, out of this position, rather than stop long haul pilots wearing red ties and making in flight announcements, and force an end to a lawful union campaign against the airline by ground staff and engineers, at the height of the 2011 dispute over delayed enterprise bargain renegotiations.

Joyce says Dixon’s attacks on his management of the airline places him in an ‘untenable’ conflict of interest at the top of the national tourism promotion body.

However the report makes it clear the $44 million worth of support Qantas was giving Tourism Australia is now going to the various state tourism authorities that unite under the national organisation as well as encourage domestic visitations, and if the tactic succeeds, Dixon will be able to devote himself full time to correcting what he, and others, see as disastrously bad management by Joyce, on whose watch the airline’s fortunes have plummeted to new lows.

Joyce is the luncheon speaker at the National Aviation Press Club in Sydney today.

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