Qantas flights to operate during FAAA industrial action

Sydney, 24 February 2003

Qantas said today that all of its overseas flights would operate tomorrow despite a planned stop work meeting by some long haul flight attendants.

Qantas domestic and regional services will not be affected by the industrial action.

Executive General Manager Human Resources Kevin Brown said Qantas would operate all overseas flights tomorrow. He said a small number of flights had been re-timed and every effort had been made to contact affected customers and advise them of any change to their scheduled departure.

"All overseas flights will be operated by experienced, Qantas-trained cabin crew who meet all regulatory requirements," Mr Brown said.

"This includes cabin crew management who fly regularly as part of their duties and other Qantas flight attendants, including flight attendants on fixed term contracts. Union claims that the use of these crew gives rise to safety concerns are completely unfounded."

Mr Brown said Qantas greatly appreciated the efforts of its long haul flight attendants in contributing to the airline over the past two very challenging years.

"We have offered the FAAA a very reasonable package, including two three per cent wage increases over a two year period and a one-off three per cent lump sum.

"The offer we have made represents a reasonable increase considering the current economic and industry climate and is consistent with increases accepted by Unions representing over two-thirds of Qantas staff for EBA VI."

Mr Brown said that it was extremely disappointing that the Union was taking industrial action at a time when many airlines around the world, including Qantas, were facing major challenges.

"This action is opportunistic and the wage demands are unrealistic," he said.

"We have met with the Union regularly since December and we remain hopeful the FAAA will return to the negotiating table and conclude an agreement."

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