Qantas Statement on FAAA Industrial Action

SYDNEY, 19 February 2003

Qantas Chief Executive Officer Geoff Dixon said he regretted the Union representing long haul cabin crew had decided to take industrial action next Tuesday in pursuit of a 13 per cent wage increase.

He said it was particularly regrettable that this action was proposed at a time when all airlines around the world, including Qantas, face major challenges, many for their survival.

Mr Dixon said Qantas had offered a reasonable package to the Union, including 3 per cent per annum wage increases plus a one-off 3 per cent bonus.

Mr Dixon said Qantas expected to operate all international flights next Tuesday and had plans in place to minimise any delays.

He said Qantas will make every effort to contact affected passengers over the next few days to advise them of any delay to their scheduled departure.

Mr Dixon noted that the industrial action did not affect any domestic or regional services.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2880)