Qantas grounds all flights in labour dispute
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The airline announced yesterday that there "will be no further Qantas domestic departures or international departures anywhere in the world" after 5pm. They then plan to "lock out" all employees involved in the action at 8pm AEDT on Monday. Flights will remain grounded indefinitely until a decision with unions over pay and working conditions is reached.
Thousands of passengers have been stranded in airports across the world by the grounding. Qantas will offer refunds to cancelling customers and "rebooking flexibility" to those wishing to defer travel. Qantas CEOlabelled his own decision "unbelievable".
The move prompted an emergency hearing into the dispute byin which went on until the early hours of Sunday morning, adjourned until 2pm AEDT. It comes following a series of by Qantas staff including baggage handlers and pilots which Qantas say are costing them 15 million a week. This grounding, by comparison, is estimated to lose A$20m a day.
Qantas executive Lyell Stambi told the hearing that altogether recent action had cost them around A$68m, and claimed rival airlines "have access to cheaper labour". According to the, he went on to say that forward bookings had taken a big hit: "It makes sense. If passengers can't be sure... They're less likely to book with us."
Meanwhile, thehave spoken to the SMH to condemn the move, with vice president Richard Woodward labelling it "premeditated, unnecessary and grossly irresponsible". He claims the airline "has locked out short-haul 737 pilots who aren't even involved in any action at all," and that all anyone in his union has done is wear red ties and make some on-board anouncements.
- David McCowen. "Emergency hearing into Qantas dispute, but no end in sight after total grounding" — , October 30, 2011
- "Qantas CEO has 'gone mad' say pilots" — , October 30, 2011
- "Labour row grounds Qantas flights" — , October 29, 2011
- "Qantas responds to industrial action" — , October 29, 2011
- Phillip Williams and staff. "Chaos at Singapore, London airports after Qantas grounding" — , October 29, 2011
- Alison Rourke. "Qantas grounds entire worldwide fleet" — , October 29, 2011