The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) has said a planned 24 October strike will not proceed in order “to give Qantas subsidiary Network Aviation every opportunity to come to it senses”. The AFAP has also given its assurances that it will provide a window, until close of business on Friday 27 October, during which no PIA will occur.
“If the company’s management is serious, it will spend next week focusing on listening and responding to its pilots to allow a resolution to be reached,” said Senior Industrial Officer Chris Aikens. “However, if Qantas does not take this opportunity to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties, then we have no other option but to escalate with further PIA.”
The AFAP represents 90 percent of the commercial pilots employed by Qantas Group subsidiary Network Aviation to fly passenger transport (PT), and fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) and private charter aircraft in Western Australia.
Pilots voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking protected industrial action with more than 99.5 percent of the AFAP pilot members at Network Aviation (90 per cent of the pilot group) voting to approve the taking of a range of legally protected industrial action that includes a number of work bans and work stoppages.
Pilots employed by Qantas subsidiary Network Aviation have been attempting to negotiate new enterprise agreements to replace the Network Aviation Pilots Enterprise Agreement 2016, which expired 31 October 2020.
The AFAP is the only pilot union to have filed for PIA, and as such only AFAP members can participate in the ballot and take PIA if required. With more than 5,500 members, the AFAP is the largest professional association and industrial organisation for commercial pilots in Australia. It represents and promotes the interests of Australian professional pilots.