Qantas Rejects Union Claims

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26th October 2010, 11:38pm - Views: 1274
Qantas Rejects Union Claims

Qantas has rejected claims by the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) regarding cockpit doors on some QantasLink turboprop aircraft.

Qantas Group Executive Government and Corporate Affairs, Mr David Epstein, said the union's claims were an irresponsible escalation of an industrial campaign involving licenced engineers employed by QantasLink in Queensland.

"This is a well worn tactic of the ALAEA's Federal Secretary, Steve Purvinas, when enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations are not going his way," Mr Epstein said.

"Safety and security are our highest priorities, and the cockpit doors on 28 QantasLink turboprop aircraft meet all relevant aviation security regulatory and manufacturer requirements.

"This has been validated after consultation with the Office of Transport Security and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

"Yet Mr Purvinas is still prepared to raise his spurious claims, needlessly alarming the travelling public and damaging Qantas.

"Qantas, and QantasLink, continually review security measures and, as part of this process, work to upgrade the doors on these aircraft commenced well before Mr Purvinas made his claims today.

"There is no need for any aircraft to be grounded, and the travelling public can fly on QantasLink services with complete confidence.

"Mr Purvinas may be prepared to play a safety card to suit his ends, but he has no authority to speak on aviation security."

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q5025)
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