26 Sep '11, 7am

Fresh strikes to hit Qantas

Fresh strikes to hit Qantas

SYDNEY : Qantas warned of fresh disruption after 4,000 ground staff announced their second strike in as many weeks, hitting thousands of travellers on one of Australia's busiest weekends of the year. Qantas said Transport Workers' Union (TWU) members would strike for one hour on Friday over stalled contract talks, accompanied by a one-hour stoppage by aircraft engineers in Melbourne. Engineers in Sydney will strike for an hour on Tuesday, Qantas added, the same day border security staff are due to stop work at the nation's airports, delaying international passengers. Qantas media chief Olivia Wirth said the action was calculated for maximum effect, with the plans of holidaying families and thousands of sports fans, including some from New Zealand, expected to be affected. It will be a three-day weekend in Australia and the popular Australian Rules football and National Rug...

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