Round One to Alan Joyce With Engineer’s Agreement

Round one to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, who last October grounded the entire Qantas fleet to prevent further rolling strike action from three miltant unions and force them into official arbitration with Fair Work Australia (FWA). Yesterday the FWA tribunal endorsed an workplace agreement between Qantas and the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) that’s effective through to the end of 2014.

Joyce said: “The determination from Fair Work Australia does not contain any of the restrictive demands that would have handed control of parts of the airline to the union.” Qantas is still  negotiating with the Australian and International Pilots Association and the Transport Workers Union through FWA.

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3 thoughts on “Round One to Alan Joyce With Engineer’s Agreement”

  1. As always that is such spin by Mr Joyce. The airline was never at threat of unions being in control of the airline. The crux of the disagreement was that as new aircraft that are being bought into the qantas fleet such as the A 380 and 787, management want maintenance on these aircraft outsourced overseas and the jobs previously done by Australian labour by the engineers are disappearing as the older types such as the 767 and 747 are retired. This is why it was all about job security. Before long there will be no jobs in wide body heavy maintenance in Qantas ( which is a stated aim of management as spoken by qantas executive head of qantas Engineering in an article in a widely published aviation magazine.

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