Australia's aircraft maintenance and engineering capacity will be decimated by Qantas' decision to axe 500 jobs, unions say.
Qantas on Monday announced it would shed the jobs as part of a restructure of its heavy maintenance facilities in Victoria and Queensland.
Unions reacted angrily, saying the job cuts would adversely affect the maintenance of Qantas aircraft and even threaten national security.
The Qantas Engineers Alliance, which is made up of members from three unions, urged the federal government to intervene to safeguard Australia's capacity to maintain aircraft.
Alliance member and Australian Workers Union Victorian branch secretary Cesar Melham said there were fears even more jobs could be axed by Qantas.
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