- Dec 6, 2004
This has been brewing for a while now. I wonder if QF have been delaying the decision until close to the Commonwealth Games to raise the stakes with the union?www.smh.com.au said:Qantas workers prepare to strike
By Scott Rochfort
February 24, 2006
QANTAS heavy maintenance workers are mobilising for strike action after the national carrier unexpectedly called off enterprise bargaining talks with unions yesterday.
Adding confusion to the situation, Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon called off a briefing slated for this morning where he was expected to announce whether the airline would outsource its widebody heavy maintenance overseas.
Qantas's head of people, Kevin Brown, said Qantas called off the "engineering transformation" update because of last-minute delays but said a decision was imminent.
"There are some discussions with some other interested parties that we … [have] not sorted out," he said. Mr Brown declined to say whether the "interested parties" included a foreign maintenance facility.