Qantas Airways CEO Mr Alan Joyce announced today the grounding of the entire Qantas Airline fleet of aircraft indefinately in response to union's ongoing industrial actions against the airline.
The airline is at loggerheads on 3 fronts with unions representing pilots, ground staff, and licensed engineers over on-going pay, work place conditions & the outsourcing of jobs overseas.
Qantas will lock out all its employees covered by the agreements that are currently in dispute.
Mr Joyce confirmed that all domestic emploees involved with the dispute will be locked out effective from Monday night 31st October 2011.
All aircraft will be grounded immediately after completion of operating there last sector.
Mr Joyce said "We are locking out until the unions withdraw their extreme claims & reach an agreement with us", this is a very hard decision....we have no alternative.
The lock out will commence at 8pm AEDT Monday.
Perth Airport: Qantas movements after today's announcement:
QF Flight 566 XXLD to Sydney (YSSY)
QF Flight 718 XXLD to Canberra (YSCB)
Last aircraft arrivals into Perth today are:
QF72 ex: Singapore arrived 14.07hrs A330-303 VH-QPF
QF777 ex: Melbourne ETA: 16.15hrs B737-838 VH-VZT arrived (operating its 1st visit to WA)
QF793 ex: Darwin ETA:: 16.30hrs B737-838 VH-VXP arrived
QF597 ex: Brisbane ETA: 18.00hrs A330-202 VH-EBP arrived
QF717 ex: Canberra ETA: 18.30hrs B737-838 VH-VZL arrived