Qantas flying again

From the Australian/Wall Street Journal;

QANTAS hopes to have the first of its flights back in the air by 2pm (AEDT) today after Fair Work Australia early this morning stopped the carrier’s planned lockout of workers.

After 12 hours of deliberations, the tribunal’s full bench announced early this morning in Melbourne that it had upheld submissions by the Gillard government and Qantas to have the bargaining period terminated.

‘Bargain period terminated’ is what Qantas wanted so the sentence Fair Work Australia early this morning stopped the carrier’s planned lockout of workers. could just as well stated …forced the unions back to work.

News Ltd puts it better;

QANTAS planes are set to fly again after Fair Work Australia ordered an end to union strikes and the airline’s grounding of its fleet.

All in all, the decision vindicates Joyce’s strategy. Bring the dispute to a head rather than face a slow bleeding.

One Response to Qantas flying again

  1. PeterW says:

    It was a ‘brave’ move by Joyce, but forced on him by ludicrous union demands and a complicit government.

    Apparently Joyce believed couldn’t trust the government to keep his concerns and plans confidential. Some would argue it was paranoia, but as it turned out, as soon as he notified the Gillard Government of his strategy it immediately contacted the unions to warn them.

    Seems the ex-union officials which populate the ALP don’t fall far from their ACTU tree when they take their oath of office.

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