Not quite your normal question in this forum. I am looking at flights to MEL from the US next January (to see family there). QF and NZ are similarly priced, with UA almost twice that amount. QF has the advantage to me of a new departure city (FDW- which is offered by default from DEN where I live), or trying the A380 from LAX. I've flown NZ many times (my country of birth), and love them. I'm going to book a restricted fare, meaning that my options to change are limited.
Both QF and NZ are great, I have flown both before many times. The question is- what is the chance of industrial action (strike) by QF this southern summer? Of course there is no known answer (passengers would be leaving QF in droves if they knew, which would make the whole issue of a strike useless). But if anyone has an opinion on the possibility of a strike, it would be good to know.