25 May '11, 3am

#singapore news: Qantas pilots move towards first strike in 45 years: SYDNEY: International pilots with Australi...

#singapore news: Qantas pilots move towards first strike in 45 years: SYDNEY: International pilots with Australi...

SYDNEY: International pilots with Australia's Qantas were on Wednesday preparing to vote on whether to strike in what would be the first industrial action by the carrier's long-haul crew in 45 years. The pilots' union has asked the government's national workplace relations tribunal, Fair Work Australia, for permission to hold a ballot of its members on taking strike action. The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) said it wants job security for its members, and has warned Qantas against sending work offshore as the airline attempts to revive its non-performing international business. "While our international competition flourishes, Qantas has been left to wither on the vine, while management eyes low-cost expansion in Asia," association president Barry Jackson told reporters in Sydney. "Qantas is now left with an ageing fleet, a limited route network, and...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/vi...

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