Qantas has removed a series of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union mining adverts from their domestic in flight entertainment schedule saying they do not run “political” ads.
Qantas spokesman Luke Enright said the ads which ran for a day on domestic flights have been removed, The Age reported.
"It ran for a day and then we had it pulled off the next day," he said. "It wasn't censoring a union ad – we don't allow any political ads."
Condemning the decision, the union’s national secretary Michael O’Connor said quashing legitimate public debate was undemocratic.
"There is nothing remotely controversial about these commercials," he said.
The CFMEU’s campaign dubbed “let’s spread it around”, communicates that the mining boom’s benefits have been unevenly distributed.
“Australians are looking for mining jobs, the mining companies don’t own the resource, we all do. Let’s spread it around,” the advert states.
The ads call for Australians to be given employment opportunities in the sector over cheaper immigrant workforces.
Surprised by Qantas’ decision is Tim Mitchell, who appears in one of the adverts.
He said he has repeatedly attempted to find work in the mining sector and is yet to be successful.
"I didn't see anything political there at all," he said.
"I didn't have a problem with them running on Qantas flights. This is an ongoing problem, [Australian] people not being able to find work in [mines]."