Qantas Airline Pilots Negotiate Job Security Not Pay Increase


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Qantas Airline Pilots Negotiate Job Security Not Pay Increase

Bill Goldston

August 14, 2010 - The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has this week commenced bargaining negotiations with Qantas for a new enterprise agreement covering the airline’s long haul pilots.

“An extensive survey of pilots conducted by AIPA prior to commencing the bargaining process has found that their leading issues are not about money but rather concerns over job protection, career progression and the off-shoring of jobs,” said AIPA negotiations spokesperson First Officer Adam Susz.

“The Long Haul Agreement is Qantas' main flight crew agreement covering a workforce of around 1700 pilots, 98 per cent of whom are members of AIPA.


“AIPA is hopeful for constructive and co-operative dialogue with Qantas and is seeking an early resolution to these negotiations. This will provide certainty for pilots, Qantas management and the travelling public. As bargaining agent for all Qantas long haul pilots, AIPA will be working to ensure a speedy, fair and equitable outcome to the negotiating process. The Association is also prepared to rely upon the good faith bargaining rules in the Fair Work Act,” First Officer Susz said.

“These negotiations are not simply about pay and conditions, they are also a chance to raise very important concerns pilots have about broader workplace issues and to seek to resolve them in an amicable fashion. Qantas’ decision to offshore jobs, as highlighted by AIPA in the Jetconnect Case currently before the full bench of FWA, will be examined closely by pilots at the bargaining table.

“Qantas has a strong international reputation for safety, based in no small part on the skill, experience and hard work of its pilots, and we are committed to ensuring the high standards that the travelling public has come to expect are continued into the future.”

Along with the Long Haul Enterprise Agreement, Qantas will shortly undertake separate negotiations with its Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. “AIPA and the Engineers’ Association have a strong relationship and we are equally concerned about job security for our members,” First Officer Susz said.


Qantas Airways Limited is the national airline of Australia. The name was originally "QANTAS", acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services". Nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo", the airline is based in Sydney, with its main hub at Sydney Airport. It is Australia's largest airline and the world's oldest continuously operating airline. Qantas headquarters are located in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales.

Currently the airline is considered a four-star airline by research consultancy firm Skytrax. In 2010, Qantas was voted the seventh best airline in the world by the firm, a drop from 2009 (sixth), 2008 (third), 2007 (fifth), 2006 (second), and 2005 (second).

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