Qantas pilots ballot for strike

first_imgQantas pilots could be walking off the job, as the group’s union said it is confident it will receive enough votes during the ballot for industrial action.The Australian and International Pilots Association vice-president Richard Woodward said earlier this week that up to 1700 pilots will vote over the next four weeks on a two-day stoppage, The Australian reported.”We surveyed our members long before we got to this point and we got overwhelming support to take the actions we’re taking,” he said.”We hope to see a reinforcement of that in the official ballot.” The union said that the cause for strike comes as talks have “stalled” over pilot job security and pay increase of up to 2.5 percent a year.Mr Woodward added that although industrial action could affect passenger travel, the reason behind the strike would be clear to travellers.”Our preference, of course, has always been to negotiate,” Mr Woodward added.”Everything we’ve put forward is negotiable, including our pay claim, to get the Qantas flight-Qantas pilot written into our contract. (Qantas chief executive) Alan (Joyce) is refusing to do that — saying absolutely never, etcetera — simply because he’s working to an agenda to offshore and outsource the airline into some other entity.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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