Qantas engineers prepare to strike
June 28th, 2011 by elisa

Qantas have not had a good time of it over the past year and now things get a little bit worse for the airline as its licensed aircraft engineers are to take industrial action from Monday 4th July.

The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association said rolling two-hour work stoppages would start in Melbourne next Monday with other cities to follow shortly. To avoid flight disruptions however, the union says it will allow some of its members to continue work if they are paid at higher rates, which has been greeted by disdain by Qantas.

“It’ll increase Qantas’s wages bill but it shouldn’t disrupt services,” said a union leader.

Qantas Group executive operations, Lyell Strambi said the union leaders had shown their true colours by calling industrial action over the school holidays and then making a cynical offer for Qantas licensed engineers who are on strike to return to work for four times their normal pay.


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