I don't think that Qantas pushing this vote has much to do with whether Sunrise goes ahead or not (if anything Qantas would probably prefer - from a cost perspective - that the flying is outsourced). Tying the two issues together though dangles a shiny thing in front of the pilots to try and get them to vote for a contract that was rejected by their union. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
As an outsider looking in, it has the appearance that that the union didnt have long term strategic thinking in place. At some time in the future, the A380, 747, and A330 will no longer be in the fleet, the penalty rates which apply to those aircraft will cease when the aircraft leave the fleet. A no vote would effectily endorse outsouring of jobs outside of QF, and may lead to redundancies within QF as their fleets shrink.
As a group they would probably have 20+ different pilot contracts, from network, easterns, jetstar, jetconnect, express freight, domestic, international, management putting one group up against the other. I think they should have taken the longer term view, have a single international salary scale (swallow the pill and have the A380, 747, A330, 787, A350) at the same hourly rate, create unity.
My understanding is after taking it to the employees for a vote, they can then apply to the FWC to have the deal imposed by the courts.
The concerns raised in the article about FMRS I dont think are valid, a number of airline have been doing ULR flying for some time.
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