Qantas has been spared the unwelcome prospect of a industrial action over the Easter holidays. The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has today joined the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association in ruling out strikes during the holiday period.
Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce welcomed the decision.
“Qantas is pleased that the unions have ruled out taking industrial action over Easter,” he said. “Customers can now book their holidays safe in the knowledge that unions will not disrupt their plans. Our priority is to ensure customers can visit family and friends and go on holidays without disruptions from union-led strikes.”
Qantas management held further meetings with the pilots’ union and licenced engineers this week, with more meeting planned for next week.
“We want to work with all of our employees to reach new agreements and we remain committed to finding common ground with the unions,” Joyce said. “Qantas recently reached an in-principle agreement with the Australian Service Union (ASU) on a new agreement which will shortly be put to our 7,500 workers for a vote. The Transport Workers Union agreement does not expire until July 2011 and negotiations are expected to commence in May.”