Outside help for airport culture with consultants called in

INDEPENDENT consultants have been called in to question employees at Gladstone Airport as part of a "cultural survey".

The Australian Workers' Union today sat in on meetings between employees and a consultant in which the union says "serious matters" were raised.

Consultants have been working at the airport in the past two weeks speaking with airport staff, at the request of the airport board.

AWU organiser Tony Beers said in the past 18 months he had been contacted by more than 12 airport employees with concerns over ongoing issues causing angst among the workforce.

He said workers were fearful of speaking out.

But Gladstone Airport Corporation Board chairman David Hamill claims the survey is unrelated to any ongoing employment issues. 

He said the cultural survey was not intended to specifically explore employment issues, although he admitted those matters may be raised in the final report prepared for the board. 

"I am aware... there have been a couple of issues to do with employment conditions that have been before an industrial commissioner," Mr Hamill said.

"But this (cultural) survey has been undertaken completely independent of any employment issues.

"If there are broader issues they may well come up in the survey, and we will find out about them when the report comes to the board."

While the airport is owned by the council, it is governed by the board.

Mayor Matt Burnett said the council was not involved in hiring the consultants.

However Cr Burnett said a councillor would be appointed to the board at the council's first meeting on Tuesday.

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"I will also be meeting with board chairman David Hamill next week," Cr Burnett said.

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