The Gillard Government will immediately seek orders from Fair Work Australia to terminate all industrial action in relation to the Qantas dispute.
Minister for Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, said the Government will make an application under section 424 of the Fair Work Act to terminate all industrial action and seek an urgent hearing of that application by Fair Work Australia.
If the application is granted, all industrial action by both Qantas and the unions involved in agreement negotiations will cease as directed by Fair Work Australia.
“The Government has acted in response to today’s announcement by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce that he has grounded the Qantas domestic and international fleet and will lock out pilots, licensed engineers, baggage, ground and catering staff from Monday,” Senator Evans said.
“This is a very serious escalation in what has been a bitter and protracted dispute.
“The Government intends to file an application this evening and will seek an urgent hearing to bring an end to all industrial action as soon as possible.
“If the application is granted, the parties will then have at least 21 days during which they can negotiate a settlement.
“No industrial action can take place during this period.”
Senator Evans said if the parties fail to negotiate an agreement following the granting of the application, Fair Work Australia will then determine an outcome to settle the matter.
Senator Evans’ Media Contacts:
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