Unions clear Easter strikes Qantas

first_imgPassengers flying with Qantas over Easter can rest assured that no strikes will disturb vacation plans, with unions ruling out industrial action over the holiday period. The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) and Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association assured the carrier and its passengers they would not organise strikes that could disrupt people’s vacations over Easter.  “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 chief executive Alan Joyce said. According to the airline’s head, the carrier held talks with the pilots’ union this week, with more planned for next week. Mr Joyce added that the carrier is committed to further communications with the union, to reach a mutually satisfying agreement. “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.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img