QANTAS has locked out international pilots, baggage handlers and engineers, essentially bringing its operations to a halt.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busi...-1226180313383We are locking out until the unions withdraw their extreme claim and reach agreement with us,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told a press conference today.
Mr Joyce said his hand had been tipped by the impossible demands of the three unions.
“They are trashing our strategy and our brand,” he said. “They are deliberately destabilising the company and there is no end in sight.”
If the industrial action continued, Qantas would have no choice but to shut down its business “part by part”, the chief executive said.
He believed the lock out and grounding of the fleet was the only effective avenue at his disposal to bring about a solution to the dispute.
Mr Joyce said he was sorry the course of action had become necessary but the ball was now in the unions' court.
“They must decide just how badly they want to hurt Qantas, their members ... and the travelling public,” he said.
The unions destroyed Ansett. They are on track to destroy Qantas