Qantas management heads for more strife

Release date: 29/04/2011

Qantas engineers will decide next week how to proceed with industrial action if they cannot negotiate a settlement in their dispute on working conditions.

Steve Creedy, The Australian

Talks between the parties will continue after discussions yesterday failed to reach agreement.

"We'll continue talking and hope we can find a solution," Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association federal secretary Steve Purvinas said.

Mr Purvinas said an executive meeting on Tuesday would discuss industrial action and how to progress negotiations.

Association members have voted for industrial action, likely to involve rolling stoppages, working to rule and overtime bans, rather than all-out strike.

The union must take action within 30 days of the April 13 ballot declaration or apply for an extension. Officials have said they are unlikely to seek an extension unless they are close to a negotiated settlement.

The engineers are seeking a guarantee from Qantas it will bring maintenance work on new aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 to Australia.

Qantas is taking a hard line on the job security issue, warning that industrial action could backfire on the union. Chief executive Alan Joyce last week accused the unions of running a "kamikaze campaign".

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