Qantas cabin crew vote to strike

By Linsey McNeill
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Qantas flights could be disrupted over Christmas after more than 1,000 domestic flight attendants voted to strike.

No dates for industrial action have been set, but the union only needs to give the airline three working days’ notice.

The Flights Attendants’ Association of Australia (FAAA) said 99% of those who voted in the recent ballot were in favour of industrial action after domestic crew were asked to work longer shifts and cut their break times.

Qantas is proposing to extend cabin crew shifts from 9.5 hours to 12 hours, and up to 14 hours if there is a disruption to a flight, said Australia’s ABC News.

It is also planning to reduce crew rest periods to 10 hours, which the FAAA said could lead to increased fatigue. In return, the airline has offered its unionised workers a 3% annual pay rise for the next four years.

The FAAA says it ‘aims to take a measured approach to any industrial action that minimises disruption to the travelling public, especially over the upcoming Christmas holiday peak’.

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