Quantas May Face Six-Month Arbitration with Union

November 23, 2011

Qantas Airways Ltd., the Australian carrier that grounded planes last month to force an end to strikes by labor unions, may face six months of arbitration to resolve the disputes after talks broke down. Fair Work Australia, the nation’s labor regulator, will hear evidence from the airline, long-haul pilots, ground crew and engineers before making a binding decision on new contracts.

“We’ve got a fairly complicated agreement and there’s a lot of expert witnesses we’ve got to bring in,” Barry Jackson, president of the Australian & International Pilots Association, said in an interview. The dispute comes amid increasing strike action in Australia that has also affected Toyota Motor Corp., BHP Billiton Plc and port operator Asciano Ltd.

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