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 read more

Go back to the enewsletter Scenic took a lucky

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Scenic took a lucky group of travel agents on a journey through Africa, visiting South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.They began with three nights in Cape Town and enjoyed a journey to the top of Table Mountain in a gondola followed by a full day tour of Cape Point and visit to Boulders Beach and the resident penguin colony and a tour of the Cape Winelands.Next they headed to Kruger National Park where they spent the night at Lion Sands Game Reserve, a private concession. Here they enjoyed two game drives to spot the ‘Big 5’ and a hippo walk to the Sabie River. Then the group headed north to Thornybush Game Reserve for more wildlife spotting followed by a traditional African style outdoor dinner.Following the picturesque Panorama Route, they drove to Johannesburg to catch their flight to Livingstone for a three night stay at Victoria Falls where they visited the Zimbabwe side of the falls and toured the national park. This was followed by a visit to a local village which is a popular Scenic Enrich experience, an elephant interaction to meet these gentle giants up close and personal, and a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.The agents concluded their trip with a visit to Chobe National Park, home to large concentrations of big game, and a cruise on the Chobe River.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more