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Tuesday 21st of May 2013
Qantas dispute ends with pay agreement
The dispute between Qantas and its engineers has come to a close after the endorsement of a three-year agreement by Fair Work Australia. Licensed engineers will now be given an annual three per cent pay rise and extended hour roster restrictions will be eased. There are also now some new arrangements pertaining to retirement.
Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas said he was thankful that the dispute was finally over. The situation came to a head when Mr Joyce ordered the airline’s global fleet to be grounded at the end of October last year.
The airline still has to go through compulsory arbitration at some point this year with the unions representing its pilots and ground workers. However, neither of the groups are allowed to take industrial action.
Mr Joyce said that the latest agreement with the engineers was good news for Qantas passengers who can rest assured that there will be no more disruptive strikes. Industrial action and the grounding of the carrier’s fleet last year is estimated to have cost Qantas around $194 million.
Mr Joyce added that the Fair Work Australia agreement meant that Qantas workers were given a reasonable pay increase without the airline having to concede to restrictive demands which would have given greater control to the union. The deal means that the flag-carrier’s engineers will not be able to engage in any form of industrial action until at least 2015.
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