Qantas has lost its appeal in the High Court over the illegal sacking of about 1,700 workers during the pandemic.
The unanimous verdict comes after a two-year court battle between the Transport Workers Union and the national carrier, which outsourced the jobs of 1683 ground staff during the pandemic.
The matter now returns to the Federal Court which will decide penalties and compensation for the affected employees.
Speculation in The Australian newspaper suggests this compensation could be in excess of $200 million.
Qantas’ share price over the past month has sunk by over 14 per cent, along with the airliner’s reputation.