Qantas pilots to take industrial action

first_imgQantas is facing mild industrial action on Friday   The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has advised Qantas that its long-haul pilots would be taking industrial action against the airline from this Friday, one week after its members overwhelmingly voted in favour of work stoppages.The implications of the work bans are currently being assessed by the carrier, who will write to the pilot’s union seeking clarification on the action which will include union announcements to passengers over in-flight public address systems. “Qantas’ priority is always to our customers and we are disappointed that the pilots’ union would intentionally disturb customers’ in-flight experience to make a point during an industrial dispute,” the airline said in a statement. Although Qantas is not expecting any flight delays or cancellations, it nonetheless said it was “disappointed” with the announcement. “This dispute is about the pilots’ union attempting to force all Qantas subsidiaries including Jetstar, to pay the same high rates as Qantas,” the airline said.“The claim appears to be designed to damage the viability of Jetstar and other subsidiaries in the naive belief that this will lead to increased activity in Qantas.”According to the union, the action will focus on raising public awareness and not on disrupting flights, and in-flight announcements would be brief and positive.“After all, Qantas pilots are attempting to defend the brand they care about deeply,” AIPA spokesperson and Qantas pilot Nathan Safe told reporters in Sydney. Qantas has claimed, that if successful the demands would “drive up airfares, cost jobs and make Qantas airlines and routes unprofitable”.The beleaguered carrier is also involved in an ongoing dispute with its engineers over wages and conditions. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img