A remarkable victory???????
How do you spin this as a victory when:
1. The employer refuses to negotiate in good faith, and then locks out its staff and its customers.
2. The issue is sent to an independent arbiter.
3. The arbiter terminates the industrial action by all parties, but explicitly states that it is solely the actions of the employer which are economically destructive.
4. The employer has 21 days to reach a settlement or will have one imposed upon all parties by binding arbitration.
5. The employer has destroyed the morale of its own staff for years to come.
6. The employer has let down its customers without notice, and sent them a clear message that to buy tickets from it is to risk not travelling. All around the world passengers have seen that only Qantas takes such extreme steps against its workforce, and that unique risks are associated with buying tickets from Qantas.
7. The employer has antagonised the government which has previously protected it.
The findings of Fair Work Australia were essentially that Qantas management is less capable of running the airline than even the unions would be, and does not have the best interests of either the company or the Australian market at heart.
Two of the unions in question have adopted ill-advised tactics and appear to be badly led. But Fair Work Australia has made it clear that their actions are far less destructive than those of Qantas management. A more damning indictment of appalling corporate governance would be difficult to imagine!
[Edited 2011-10-30 14:30:14]