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Qantas reaches Agreement with AIPA

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Friday, 18 July 2008

Qantas has reached an in-principle agreement with the Australian International Pilots Association (AIPA) on a new enterprise agreement for Qantas long haul pilots.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said the agreement re-wrote decades of accumulated employment conditions and rules into one simplified document.

This is a significant agreement that locks in the companys 3% per annum wages policy for a further five years, until 2013, Mr Dixon said. 

All Qantas pilots would now have part of their remuneration explicitly linked to company performance. Under this new agreement, the difference between the 3% per annum wage increase and CPI, along with a proportion of overtime payments, will be paid out in a similar way to executive bonuses.

The new agreement, which was the result of 18 months of negotiations, has been reached without any industrial action.

The new agreement offers greater flexibility for both Qantas and its pilots. Mr Dixon said. It finalises the pay arrangements for the launch of the A380 aircraft later this year, with multiple pay rates rationalised and new rules on career progression that will reduce the cost of training associated with pilots moving between aircraft types.

The agreement will come into effect when it is voted on by Qantas pilots.

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