Australia airline Qantas engineers call off Friday's strike

13:18, May 12, 2011      

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Australian airline Qantas engineers decided on Thursday to call off a one-hour strike scheduled on Friday due to safety concerns.

About 2,500 passengers is expected to be affected, when 1,600 employees walk off the job for an hour between 8 am and 9 am (AEST) on Friday.

The scheduled strike came after failing to reach an agreement over pay and job security between Qantas and its engineers.

Earlier, Qantas announced that it is canceling 31 Friday's flights, and will delay a further 46 due to the strike.

Shortly after Qantas' announcement, a spokeswoman from The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) confirmed that engineers have decided to call off the strike.

"They've called off the strike for a number of safety concerns . .. there have been a few incidents that they are worried about," the spokeswoman told Australia Associated Press.

She said the engineers were concerned that "stopping work could have a compounding impact" on passengers.

The ALAEA will issue a statement later on Thursday, and will meet with Fair Work Australia on Friday.

Qantas flights will now go ahead as normal on Friday.

Source: Xinhua
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