Statement on Engineering Industrial Action

Sydney, 09 May 2008

Qantas said today it would not accede to the Australian Licensed Engineers Association's (ALAEA) demands to break its wages policy, regardless of the union's planned industrial action.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said the ALAEA had advised Qantas that overtime bans would commence from Thursday next week, and that it would hold four-hour stop work meetings on Friday 16 May and Friday 23 May.

"Against a background of lengthy EBA negotiations over 19 months, and the union reneging on its 'in principle' agreement, the ALAEA is now choosing to disrupt Qantas customers," Mr Dixon said.

"This action is unjustified, and we plan to ensure all customers reach their destination on these days. We will be expecting some delays during the two Friday afternoons.

"Qantas has made it very clear - we will not break our wages policy of three per cent annual pay increases and a one per cent additional superannuation contribution as we reinvest our profits in aircraft purchase to continue to grow Qantas in difficult times.

Mr Dixon said the offer would underpin the competitiveness and sustainability of Qantas Engineering's activities.

"Qantas will not compromise its future in this highly competitive industry," he said.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3757)