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.