Qantas calls for pilots’ cooperation after tribunal win

Qantas calls for pilots’ cooperation after tribunal win

Qantas has called on the Australian pilots union to stop industrial action and support the airline and its passengers following a tribunal win. The invitation comes after the national workplace relations tribunal, Fair Work Australia, rejected calls from the Australian and International Pilots’ Association (AIPA) to have New Zealand-based airline Jetconnect pilots subject to Australian industrial laws and agreements. The union claims that the establishment of Jetconnect was intended to avoid Australia’s industrial laws or disadvantage Qantas pilots. The ailrine, however, says this decision proves otherwise and the fact that no Qantas short-haul pilots have been made redundant since Jetconnect started flying undermines this accusation further. “I would encourage the pilots’ union to end its industrial campaign against Qantas and our passengers’ and instead work with Qantas to reach a new enterprise bargaining agreement for our long-haul pilots,” said Olivia Wirth, group executive of government and corporate affairs at Qantas. “The union should not be attempting to use Australia’s Fair Work Act to override the industrial relations legislation and industrial agreements in other countries.” However AIPA is already considering an appeal. It expressed disappointment in the 2:1 split decision, but took solace in the support of Senior Deputy Drake who described Jetconnect as “a sham company”. AIPA president Captain Barry Jackson stands adamantly by the claim, saying; “Qantas management have been cynically using this hollow shell of a company to avoid awarding employees Australian wages and conditions on what are ostensibly Qantas flights.” “The whole Jetconnect operation has been nothing short of a deception,” he added.

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