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Backup plan underway QF strikes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas is working on consolidating services and updating its flight schedule for next week as workers plan to walk off the job for up to four hours on Tuesday 20 September.Announcing the strike earlier this week, Qantas said it is working on contingency plans to reduce the amount of disruptions and will contact affected passengers in the coming days. Qantas Group executive Olivia Wirth said the carrier is focusing its efforts on passengers and getting them to their destination.”The TWU is intent on causing disruptions to Qantas passengers and we are doing everything we possibly can to reduce the delays and cancellations,” Ms Wirth said.“Qantas will publish an updated schedule in the coming days and contact any passenger who has been affected by the strike to make alternative travel arrangements.”Despite months of negotiations, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) announced this week that its Qantas members had voted in favour of a four hour strike as well as a ban on certain administrative tasks which the carrier said could affect operations for up to 48 hours.Ms Wirth has urged the union return to the negotiation tables and reach a fair deal that will not impact the carrier’s competitiveness in the sector.“The TWU is demanding significant pay increases and new restrictions on labour flexibility which would make Qantas less competitive and prevent us from responding to volatility in the aviation industry,” Ms Wirth explained.“These employees are already the highest paid in the Australian aviation industry and we are willing to offer reasonable pay increases but the latest demands from the union are unreasonable.“We encourage the TWU to remain at the negotiating table instead of going on strike.”last_img read more