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Qantas seen seeking help overseas amid strike threat

Qantas seen seeking help overseas amid strike threat

Australia's dominant airline Qantas is attempting to lure overseas aircraft engineers and former staff back to combat a holiday season strike threat, reports said yesterday.
Qantas has asked Air New Zealand engineers and some 400 engineers it laid off last year to help it cope with any work stoppages by 1,700 engineers which could come into force early next month, the Sydney Morning Herald said.
"The money being offered is nearly double what they were paid previously," said one engineer who spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity.
The airline faces strikes from January 9 if an agreement on pay and conditions cannot be reached with the engineers' union, the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association.
Such an outcome would disrupt thousands of holidaymakers.
Qantas refused to confirm the reports but spokesman Kevin Brown said the airline was "pursuing a variety of arrangements... (to) ensure our passengers can book with confidence through January."
New Zealand's Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union said its members had received approaches from Qantas earlier this month. All members had been advised to reject the offer, it said.
"It was a silly thing to do because it's pretty widely known that Air New Zealand's aircraft engineering work force is pretty much fully unionized," national secretary Andrew Little said. "If they're trying to recruit aircraft engineers from other places, they're going to have to go well beyond New Zealand."


Updated : 2021-07-28 06:29 GMT+08:00