Qantas to face engineers' strike action after failed negotiations

15:13, May 09, 2011      

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Qantas passengers face possible disruptions, after the Australian airline engineers on Monday announced plans to stop work for an hour on Friday due to disagreement over pay and job security.

According to Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) Federal Secretary Steve Purvinas, negotiations with the airline had hit a brick wall and the stop work action would be the first step in a series of possible industrial actions.

Purvinas said the major concern for the union was Qantas management's decision to outsource maintenance work overseas, as well as cutting regular maintenance checks for Qantas flights.

"Our intention through these negotiations is to reverse that damage and ensure skills and high quality jobs are retained in Australia."

He said he expected Qantas passengers to experience one-hour delays in flights on Friday between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m..

In 2008, a stand-off between management and engineers, which lasted 10 weeks, has caused substantial damage to the airline's reputation as flights were delayed and canceled.

Meanwhile, Qantas also remains locked in negotiations with 1700 long-haul pilots over a new employment agreement. The pilots want to secure their positions as the company becomes more reliant on its low-cost offshoot, Jetstar.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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