Qantas statement - industrial action by long haul pilots

Sydney, 11 July 2011

Qantas is disappointed that the pilots' union is threatening to take industrial action which could cause disruptions to Australian travellers.

Qantas is prepared to negotiate sensible and reasonable increases in pay and conditions for our long-haul pilots however the current demands from the union are excessive and unsustainable.

The pilots' union is demanding pay increases, free flights on top of already heavily discounted airfares and a requirement that pilots on all Qantas airlines, including Jetstar, are paid the same high rates as Qantas pilots.

Paying Qantas pilot rates to pilots for our low cost carrier Jetstar would drive up ticket prices, make Jetstar unprofitable and set precedents for other staff salaries.

We encourage the union to remain at the negotiating table.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5151)