All industrial action now over Joyce

first_imgThe mighty long weekend is almost over for thousands of Qantas passengers stranded at airports across the globe as the carrier’s chief executive declares that “all industrial action is now over”.Speaking to media this morning Alan Joyce said Fair Work Australia made the decision early this morning to terminate all strikes between the Australian flag carrier and the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA), Transport Workers Union (TWU) and Australian International Pilots Association.As a result the carrier’s head said subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the airline will resume flights by mid-afternoon today and expects that operations will “return to business as usual over the next 24 hours”.He explained that from here-on-out Qantas will continue negotiations with unions for up to 21 days, after which an extension of another 21 days will awarded or if no agreement is reached the issue will be resolved by “binding arbitration under the control of the industrial umpire”.“The important thing is that all industrial action is now over and we have certainty,” Mr Joyce told media.“Certainty for our employees, certainty for our customers and certainty for our shareholders.”To meet overwhelming demand from the 68,000 passengers disrupted by the cancellation of up to 447 flights over the weekend, Mr Joyce said the carrier would add extra staff at airports to assist customers.“We are assessing our ability to put on supplementary services to clear the backlog,” he said.“We have four international supplementary services ready to go.”Mr Joyce stressed that the carrier remains committed to serving its customers as well as building a stronger and stable carrier.Dispelling reports of issues with the staff, the carrier’s head added up to 35,000 staff stayed on Team Qantas throughout industrial disputes.“We have been a very good employer and we’ll stay that way,” he said.“We now look forward to the conclusion of agreements with the remaining three unions.“Finally I want to say that this industrial relations situation has obviously been a massively consuming issue for Qantas management and for our operations.“Now we can move on with certainty.”Are you ready to fly Qantas or does your faith in the Australian flag carrier stay grounded? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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