Engineers union callsoff industrial action for now

Engineers union callsoff industrial action for now

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J In a complete 180, the Qantas engineer’s union has advised its members to pick up their speed and get the carrier’s seven grounded aircraft back into action after weeks of implementing ‘go-slow’ policies and over time bans.Over the past two months the carrier’s operations and passengers have not only faced walk-out disruptions but a backlog in aircraft maintenance has built up forcing the airline to ground seven aircraft and cancel up to 500 flights. However, late yesterday the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) federal secretary Steve Purvinas said in an online statement that the Group has called off industrial action for three weeks and is encouraging engineers to catch up on lost hours.“With immediate effect all industrial action is called off for three weeks,” the statement read.“Members are requested to accept all overtime offered.“Please assist wherever possible in getting the seven grounded aircraft back in the air.”The news comes hours after Qantas sent a public message out to the union that the pay offer made in March this year is still on the table.According to the carrier, negotiations with the union has surpassed 12 months, with the two parties hosting up to 15 unsuccessful negotiations before Fair Work Australia. Qantas Group operations executive Lyell Strambi said the carrier remains committed to reaching an agreement but cannot meet “demands” that would “restrict” the carrier’s business.“The union is demanding guarantees that old work practices remain in place despite new generation aircraft requiring less maintenance, less often,” Mr Strambi explained. “If  this  was  agreed  to  it  would  make  Qantas  significantly  less  competitive  and  hold  us  back  from introducing modern maintenance techniques used by airlines around the world.”Australia’s flag carrier said it has offered the union a three percent pay increase each year for three years as well as improvements to working conditions.However, according to the carrier the union asked for a claim worth up to $165 million plus $95 million to build a new hangar and a 15 percent rise in wages and allowances over the next three years.“We urge the unions to drop their ongoing industrial campaign and come back with realistic claims for the sake of all Qantas employees, our shareholders and the Australian travelling public,“ Mr Strambi added. Meanwhile the carrier’s Transport Workers Union has advised ground and catering staff baggage handlers, ground handlers, catering staff and other transport employees to walk-off the job on Tuesday 25 October and Wednesday 26 October this year.Strikes will run for up to one hour, commencing in Brisbane from 7.00am and Melbourne at 8.00am on the Tuesday.While the Wednesday will see Sydney members strike for up to three hours from 7.00am and one hour in Canberra and Cairns from 4.30pm and 7.00am. The carrier said it is assessing the impact of the action and is contacting any passengers that will experience cancellations or significant delays.last_img

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