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Qantas signs union deal

Friday, 20 Sep, 2006 0

Reports today suggest that Qantas has settled one of its most acrimonious industrial stand-offs after agreeing to a three-year enterprise bargaining agreement with maintenance unions.

Qantas announced that it was “pleased” with the agreement with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Australian Workers Union.

The deal will see Qantas’ AMWU and AWU members receive a 9 per cent pay rise over three years to December 31, 2008.

It is believed the agreement also allows Qantas to seek to perform more “third-party” maintenance work for other airlines.

Qantas’ head of engineering, David Cox, said the deal would enable the airline to achieve its key aim.

“What Qantas wanted to achieve was flexibility to manage workloads more effectively through the normal cycle of peaks and troughs,” he said.

“Our people in this area prefer to use an RDO bank,” he said, noting the result was much the same as what Qantas wanted to achieve through its “overtime” bank. The use of RDO banks is widespread in the transport industry.

AMWU assistant national secretary Glenn Thompson said the agreement was a “far better position than the aggressive agenda” Qantas had taken into the talks.


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