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November 08 2012, 2:04PM

Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association federal secretary Steve Purvinas said the job cuts threatened safety.

"In our view, the current levels of understaffing are becoming dangerous and Qantas management are disregarding basic laws of aviation safety," Mr Purvinas said in a statement.

"This needs to stop or Qantas risks becoming an unsafe operator."

Australian Workers' Union Victorian secretary Cesar Melhem urged Qantas to make every effort to redeploy those who have lost their jobs at Avalon.

"These are highly-skilled aviation mechanical engineers who have worked to help build the Qantas reputation for safety," Mr Melhem said in a statement.

"It is unthinkable that they are cast aside in this way."

At 1358 AEDT, Qantas was down 1.75 cents, or 1.35 per cent, at $1.28.