Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Qantas maintenance facilities Employees of Australian flag carrier are sitting on edge as reports fly that the airline is expected to make an announcement this week regarding the future of its heavy maintenance facilities in Victoria and Queensland. The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) fears up to 1250 jobs may be on the line in the wake of a restructuring overhaul, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The consolidation concerns were voiced earlier this year in February by ALAEA federal secretary, Steve Purvinas. Qantas cited a substantial reduction in labour demand over the next five years as the reasoning behind the possible future job casualties. Three Australian workers and trade unions teamed in March to defend employee’s positions and maintain Australia as Qantas’ base of engineering operations. Savings of $100 million are expected to be the outcome of Qantas’ rationalisation plan. ALAEA has informed the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of safety breaches by the airline in regards to the matter.“They’re making a … safety-based decision around a direction from a board to save [money],” ALAEA federal secretary Steve Purvinas said.