Qantas flights canceled, to resume after aircraft engineers strike called off

By on May 12, 2011 in Australia, Lifestyle, Travel, World Comments

Sydney, AustraliaQantas Airlines announced on Thursday, May 12, 2011 that the supposed canceled flights will resume, after the scheduled strike of the aircraft engineers union was called off.



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According to the latest report at ABC.net.au, all Qantas canceled flights will resume after the union of the aircraft engineers decided not to push through their strike.

Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers federal secretary Steve Purvinas was quoted on the report to have confirmed that the strike tomorrow will not push through.

Earlier, Australian reports said that 31 Qantas flights will be canceled and another 46 flights may be affected due to the planned strike from the members of Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association.

Apparently, nearly 1,600 aircraft engineers are planning to stop from their jobs on Friday, May 13 for about an hour starting 8 am (local time) which is being expected to affect about 2,500 passengers.

As of this writing, there was no reason announced why the strike did not push through and no agreement was reached between the two parties since yesterday.

Nevertheless, another planned strike is being set to happen on Monday and Tuesday next week but there are no reports yet if both of them will still push through or not.

Reports said the supposed strike was due to salary and working condition issues but Qantas Spokeswoman Olivia Wirth said that it is the union that does not want to settle the issue.

“It’s pretty clear that the engineers union, the union officials, are not prepared to negotiate in good faith. They walked away from conciliatory talks to a media conference.” Ms. Wirth was quoted on earlier reports.

“They had discussions with the engineers yesterday but they’re continuing to take industrial action.” She added, who said later that Qantas will inform the affected passengers about the resumed flights.



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