Qantas Seeks Resolution to Industrial Dispute

Sydney, 01 February 2002

Qantas said today that it expected negotiations would resume next Wednesday on an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Australian Workers Union.

After a hearing at the Industrial Relations Commission in Melbourne today, Qantas Executive General Manager Human Resources, Kevin Brown, called on both unions to lift the work bans that have now been in place for more than five months and work with Qantas on resolving the dispute.

He said Qantas would continue to stand aside staff: "Not only is Qantas obliged to take this action under the Workplace Relations Act, it could not be expected to keep paying staff who were taking industrial action."

Mr Brown emphasised that its action in standing aside employees would cease as soon as the bans were lifted.

He said Qantas had been negotiating an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement with the two unions since last June. In January Qantas had reached an agreement with both the AWU and AMWU, but this was subsequently opposed by the AWU and rejected by a vote of union members.

He said Qantas was committed to finalising an EBA with the AMWU and the AWU as it had already done with 10 other unions.

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