A university aviation lecturer has said that hiring offshore staff at local rates is common practice in the aviation industry. University of New South Wales aviation senior lecturer, Ian Douglas, told The Australian newspaper that almost every airline is hiring cabin crew offshore, paying local rates and operating them back into their home bases. Singapore Airlines hires Indonesian workers and Cathay Pacific recruits Filipinos, he said. The issue came to light last week when Jetstar was accused of mistreating Bangkok-based cabin crew who failed to show up for a flight complaining of fatigue. The practice of offshore hire has riled-up the unions in Australia who say the practice is designed to undercut wages and working conditions. However Douglas defended the airlines saying that as long as working conditions are fair, there is no reason why they cannot do it. He said that offshore hire is simply “one of those realities of the global world”.