Qantas Welcomes Stop to Industrial Action

Sydney, 13 May 2011

Qantas has welcomed the announcement from the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) that they have called off planned industrial action next week.

Qantas Group Executive Government and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said this would ensure that Qantas passengers are not disrupted.

"We are pleased that Qantas customers can now travel with confidence," Ms Wirth said.

"These tactics from the union of threatening strike action and cancelling it at the last minute, cause uncertainty for passengers, our staff and the airline.

"There is no basis to the union's claims they are cancelling industrial action due to aircraft maintenance issues, this is just a tactic."

The ALAEA has indicated it will not take industrial action for at least the next four weeks.

Ms Wirth said Qantas would resume negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement for around 1600 of its licensed engineers.

"We want to reach a fair and reasonable outcome for our licensed engineers," she said.

"We have met with the union on more than 20 occasions since September last year and are committed to finding common ground through negotiation."

"Qantas is a good employer which offers generous pay and conditions to our employees which is well above the industry standard."

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5107)