Neoliberalism is influencing the dispute because it won over a Marxist approach by the virtue of which the workers united to form a common front against the airline. As per Marxism, the airline is liable to respect and provide entitlements to its workers. Marxism has had a great rise and fall in many nations over specific events but liberalism, globalism and capitalism are theories that have always triumphed (Peters, 2001). Neoliberalism requires that the market will decide everyone’s economic position, irrespective of what outcomes it produces. However, in this case the workers are lacking their basic and rightful place in the airline industry.
A possible solution for such a dispute could have been the government’s intervention sensing its magnitude and the passenger impact that it could create. The state intervention could have been better, where it reminds airlines of their legislative duties for employment security. It also makes the airline understand that it is only through a combined effort that the airline runs and makes profit. The social aspect and human rights duties must be reminded by the government to Qantas, which then could have reassessed the union demands. The losses could have been less, Qantas could have prevented grounding of airlines, and workers concerns could have been met, if the government intervention was executed at the right time. Multinational corporations must not be arrogant and abusive of their superior position to the workers, who work for a fair pay. Such a nature of industry is nearing its collapse, because inclusiveness loses its sheen and selfish motive fulfilment becomes the sole object of the management and the shareholders. This must immediately stop and a social approach to workers could be legislated strongly by introducing strict laws for safeguarding worker jobs and their security.
The dispute of Qantas with its worker unions is justified because economic progress shall not be consistent, stable and inclusive, if wealth gets concentrated to management and shareholders only. The workers are right in demanding their entitlements of better working conditions, pay rises and job security. Workers as majority forms the airline’s primary working force. Qantas must recognise workers’ rights and agree to a reasonable welfare plan. This plan could be aligned as per employment legislations. Social aspects such as socialism and Marxism become more important in this case, and neoliberalism must be halted if it is not including all classes of society in its prosperity.