Tribunal orders Qantas aircraft back in the air
October 30th, 2011 by elisa

Over 70,000 people in over 22 nations have been affected by the recent Qantas dispute with unions, which saw all domestic and international aircraft grounded yesterday by order of Qantas management in response to the strikes. However, in an independent tribunal ruling forced by the action, a permanent end to the industrial action was ordered, with flights able to start again as early as tomorrow (Monday).

In August strikes started as a result of Qantas declaration that it is to restructure and outsource some of its work in order to combat the approximate $200m annual losses it has been making internationally. The unions claimed the need for more job security of staff and argued against the proposed job losses. Talks were not leading anywhere, which is why Qantas decided to take such a bold step in grounding all flights, thus costing the economy “tens of millions of dollars every hour” according to the BBC, and forcing the tribunal.

The Fair Work Australia ruling said: “We have decided to terminate protected industrial action in relation to each of the proposed enterprise agreements immediately.”

The decision requires both parties to get back into negotiations and to reach an agreement within 21 days.



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