06 Apr '11, 7am

Qantas faces widening strike threats

SYDNEY: Australia's Qantas could face picket lines, protests and go-slow action by baggage handlers worldwide after unions warned Wednesday they were mulling a global strike against the airline. The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) said the group's executive would meet in London next week to discuss broader action against Qantas, which is facing a strike in Australia over pay and conditions. About 9,000 staff have threatened to walk out over the company's dispute with the Transport Workers' Union (TWU), and tensions escalated this week when Qantas said it was training managers as potential "strike-breakers". ITF general secretary David Cockroft condemned the program, saying it "seriously call(ed) into question whether Qantas management are actually sincere about any future negotiations with their own personnel". "Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has publicly said bef...

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