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Australian tribunal orders end to Qantas dispute

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Australian tribunal orders end to Qantas dispute


An Australian employment tribunal has ordered an end to the industrial dispute that grounded all Qantas flights over the weekend.

Qantas made the shock move on Saturday to lock out its staff amid a bitter row over planned restructuring that would see 1,000 jobs axed and some operations relocated to Asia.

Fair Work Australia has ordered management and unions back to the negotiating table, saying they must strike a deal within 21 days or face binding arbitration.

Flights were set to resume by midday on Monday local time.

But there is a huge backlog to clear. Nearly 70,000 passengers worldwide were affected by CEO Alan Joyce’s decision to keep the company’s planes on the tarmac.

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