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Issue #1506      22 June 2011

Guards slam Senate’s dangerous air security report

Security officers have condemned a proposal to replace guards protecting our airports with new recruits as reckless, and they have demanded the federal government immediately repudiate the plan.

The proposal is contained in a Senate Committee report which outlines a major overhaul in airport security.

“We condemn this proposal as reckless and a recipe for disaster,” says Jess Walsh, Victorian secretary of United Voice, the Security Union.

“Throwing away the accumulated experience and skills built up over decades by thousands of private security officers at airports and replacing them with fresh new recruits is just crazy.

“We call on the federal government to repudiate and reject this ridiculous proposal, which is undermining confidence in airport security and is a slap in the face for thousands of hard-working, highly-experienced security officers.”

The unions asks what kind of message does this send to air-travellers who every day rely on aviation security public to keep them safe from terror attacks?”

The Senate Committee identified high turnover of private security guards as the main reason for initiating these changes.

Ms Ross said that a major report released by the union demonstrates that a lack of respect for the experience and professionalism of guards is why they are leaving this industry.

“It is just basic common sense that the solution is to invest in the existing aviation security workforce who every day risk their safety to ensure ours, rather than waste money on starting again from scratch.

“Security guards think this is a reckless and dangerous proposal, one that the travelling public should be very worried about.”  

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