Qantas has accused the Flight Attendants’ Affiliation of Australia (FAAA) of operating “a scare marketing campaign” and claimed it has “frequently misrepresented the info”, because the airline appears to terminate its enterprise settlement with its long-haul cabin crew.
Qantas has utilized to the Truthful Work Fee to get the settlement thrown out, in what it calls its “final resort” with a view to “change restrictive and outdated rostering processes”.
It comes after an awesome 97.5 per cent of staff, represented by the FAAA, voted “no” towards Qantas’ latest proposed pay deal, which they declare would have resulted in poorer pay and worse rostering situations for employees.
Qantas acknowledged that that is the primary time in its historical past that it has sought to terminate an enterprise settlement and that no job losses could be related to the proposed termination.
The transfer marks the third time that the FAAA and Qantas have confronted the Truthful Work Fee over this new settlement alone.
Whereas Qantas mentioned its rejected EBA supply included a pay enhance and elevated allowanced, and “sought to simplify advanced and historic rostering situations”, the union and staff disagreed, and as an alternative argue it’ll depart them worse off, and takes benefit of the post-COVID labour setting.
Rostering situations underneath the present settlement signifies that round 20 per cent of Qantas’ 2,500 long-haul cabin crew, largely its widebody crew, are solely allowed to work on a single sort of plane, the airline claims, which Qantas mentioned is “unworkable” within the present post-COVID setting.
Terminating the enterprise settlement would see Qantas’ worldwide cabin crew default onto the present Truthful Work Australia award, which is able to permit Qantas to implement roster modifications as per the award.
The airline additionally mentioned the FAAA’s counter-offer represented a $60 million price enhance for the enterprise over 4 years, which it additionally deemed “unworkable”.
CEO of Qantas Worldwide, Andrew David, mentioned: “Asking to terminate the present settlement is the very last thing we wish, however we’re caught between a rock and a tough place. Our greatest supply, which included a number of union calls for, was rejected by 97 per cent of crew who voted.
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“We’re searching for termination as a result of we are able to’t successfully run our enterprise with out the rostering modifications we desperately have to correctly restart our worldwide community in a post-COVID world.”
David acknowledged that the FAAA “ran a scare marketing campaign” towards Qantas’ proposal, including that “the union’s default place is that the corporate can’t be trusted and may all the time give extra. That’s merely unsuitable”.
“Termination of the settlement would see crew revert to the fashionable award, which is the protection internet for the business, whereas a brand new settlement is negotiated,” he mentioned.
By transferring onto the fashionable award, worldwide cabin crew are prone to obtain smaller pay packets till a brand new settlement may be finalised.
“Given each the present settlement and the supply we placed on the desk have pay and situations considerably greater than the fashionable award, we clearly don’t need to lower individuals’s pay,” David mentioned.
“Sadly, the method doesn’t allow us to decide and select which bits of the present settlement are terminated with a view to get the essential rostering flexibility we want.
“I do know our individuals shall be upset that it has come to this and so are we. We’re open to placing the identical deal that was rejected again on the desk, however that will require a change of coronary heart from a union that has frequently misrepresented the info.”
Qantas has requested that the Truthful Work Fee listening to be expedited and hopes to see development within the coming weeks.
The FAAA has been contacted for remark.
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