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Labor stalemate forces Qantas to suspend flights

(People's Daily)

16:56, November 01, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.1 (PD Online) --On Oct. 29, Qantas Airways suddenly declared that it would suspend all its domestic and international flights due to a dispute with its labor union.

The unexpected declaration not only affected the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers but also heavily impacted the economy of Australia, and it negatively affected the global economy too.

Qantas Airways Alan Joyce declared in a press conference on Oct. 29 that because the company could not reach an agreement with the labor union regarding salary, the company decided to suspend all its flights until the labor union withdraws demands that the company finds unreasonable and reaches an agreement.

The thing that embarrassed the Australian Premier Julia Gillard most was that 17 delegations participating in the Commonwealth Summit in Australia, including the Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II, had all booked return tickets of Oct. 30 on Qantas Airways. Currently, various parties are urgently carrying out public hearings in an attempt to solve this issue as soon as possible.

According to conservative estimate, the move will cause Qantas Airways to suffer a loss of 20 million U.S. dollars per day. It also heavily affects the flights of the whole world too. In the last 24 hours, 13,305 overseas passengers have booked tickets on Qantas Airways, of whom 1,310 international passengers are being stranded in airports of various places of the world.

The Australian government has already interfered in this matter. On Oct. 30, Gillard called on Qantas Airways to put an end to the suspension as soon as possible.

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