Qantas risks delaying flights around Christmas after staff vote in favor of strike


A labor dispute between Qantas and the airline’s 1,200 flight attendants came after 99% of the airline’s crew voted for a 24-hour strike if the airline did not agree to a better deal. May cause delays around Christmas.

The union has said it will try to limit the impact on Australian travelers by taking a cautious approach to the strike, especially during the upcoming Christmas holiday peak.

Qantas Airways Strong travel demand has outperformed the previous forecast by $150 million (US$99.6 million) for the current half.

According to the Australian Flight Attendants Association (FAAA), despite rising demand and profits for travel, Qantas is asking its loyal employees to take a two-year wage freeze and sub-inflationary pay increases, while “production demanded a significant improvement in

A new enterprise contract offered by the airline will extend flight attendant shifts from 9.45 hours to 12 hours, or even 14 hours in the event of a disruption.

Meanwhile, breaks between shifts could be as short as 10 hours, increasing the risk of fatigue, warns the FAAA.

In October, the union submitted two Safeguards ballot applications to the Fair Work Commission. A protected action vote is a secret ballot that allows employees to vote on whether to initiate industrial action.

Industrial action would take the form of a suspension of work for up to 24 hours, a ban on overtime and withdrawal from boarding responsibility. Paperwork Submitted to the Fair Work Committee.

“Our members have suffered for several years under expired contracts while having to bear the burden of standdowns and the COVID-19 pandemic,” FAAA Federal Secretary Teri O’Toole told The News on Thursday. He told Coop’s Australian Business Network.

“With this vote, the flight attendants have declared sufficient.”

There is no set date for the strike or deadline for the return offer.

Qantas says dispute is unfortunate

A Qantas spokesman called the move “very disappointing” and said negotiations for a new deal were continuing.

“Our proposals include a 3% annual salary increase and access to bonus payments of over $7,000. Flight attendants will also receive 1,000 shares worth approximately $6,000,” the spokesperson said. said the rep.

“The shift length changes we are seeking are the same that apply to crew working on other Australian domestic airlines. We approved the terms, but the union now claims they are unreasonable.”

November 23rd, tThe national airline expects underlying pre-tax earnings of $1.35 billion to $1.45 billion for the six months ending Dec. 31, up from its October forecast of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion. said to be higher than the dollar.

Net debt is expected to fall from $2.3 billion to $2.5 billion by the end of the year, $900 million more than Qantas forecast in its latest update.

Airports across Europe have also seen thousands of flights delayed or canceled due to strikes as the airline industry continues to recover from the pandemic.

AAP contributed to this report.

Nina Nguyen

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Nina Nguyen is a reporter based in Sydney. She covers Australian news with a focus on social, cultural and identity issues. She is fluent in Vietnamese. Please contact her at [email protected]