Qantas pilots threaten action

first_imgAmid calls for increased job security, 94 per cent of Qantas pilots yesterday voted in favour of taking industrial action against the carrier in the first such ballot since 1966. Qantas says it is “disappointed” with the threat made by its long-haul pilots, saying any stoppages would cause disruptions to Australian travellers as well as “drive up ticket prices” if successful.According to the carrier, the demands being made by the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) are “unsustainable” and in excess of the “sensible and reasonable increases in pay and conditions” the airline is willing to negotiate.   As well as demanding a 2.5 per cent pay increase each year for the next three years and asking for two extra upgradeable tickets per year, pilots are calling on the airline to fund two full time union officials at a cost of up to AU$1 million per year.The biggest issue however is said to be equal pay for all Jetstar pilots.  “Paying Qantas pilot rates to pilots for our low cost carrier Jetstar would drive up ticket prices, make Jetstar unprofitable and set precedents for other staff salaries,” the airline said in a statement.Despite an overwhelming majority of pilots electing to take protected industrial action, AIPA president Barry Jackson said its members would be doing “everything possible to minimise disruption to travellers and focus the pressure on management”.“Qantas pilots want to continue operating Qantas flights, but they know management has plans to shift Qantas operations to Asia and start mass outsourcing,” Captain Jackson said. “As a result, AIPA is insisting on a Qantas flight/Qantas pilot clause in the new enterprise agreement.”The news comes a fortnight after the airline was given notification by the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) that its members were planning industrial action against the airline. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H 94 per cent of Qantas pilots are unhappy with the airline last_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates a defensive stop against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Among all wide receivers, his 109 catches ranked tied for fifth and he was sixth in receptions for first downs with 65.In addition, Fitzgerald’s 1,215 yards was the ninth highest, while his 458 yards after catch were the 13th most and he finished tied for 14th in touchdowns with nine. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Even though he suffered a down year, Campbell was still named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season. He has 48.5 sacks and has forced six fumbles in his eight-year career.Joining Campbell on the defensive front is Jones, who will be seeking big money when free agency hits.9. Chandler Jones, DE, Arizona Cardinals: Jones had two double-digit-sack seasons with the Patriots, and they traded him because he was going to be too costly to keep. It’s now Arizona’s job to sign him to a long-term deal.The Cardinals traded a second round pick and Jonathan Cooper for Jones. He will be a much-needed upgrade for the team’s pass-rush, which finished 20th in the NFL in sacks last year with 36.In 55 career games, the 26-year-old has sacked opposing quarterbacks 36 times and has forced 10 fumbles. He enjoyed a career year in 2015 with 12.5 sacks.One player who enjoyed his best season in years is the final Cardinals member on Clayton’s list.14. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald’s contract voids five days after the Super Bowl, and figuring out his value is fascinating. He has been one of the best receivers in his era, but next year he will be 33 with 13 years of NFL experience.In 2015, Fitzgerald topped the 100-catch mark for the first time since 2007 when he caught a career high 109 passes. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Even though contract negotiations between the Arizona Cardinals and Tyrann Mathieu have been the most prevalent in the news, he’s not the only top player on the team that could hit free agency after the upcoming season.Calais Campbell, newcomer Chandler Jones and Larry Fitzgerald all enter the final year of their respective contracts as well.ESPN’s John Clayton included the four Cardinal studs in his list of the top 25 projected 2017 free agents. 0 Comments   Share   2. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals: Mathieu’s impasse in contract talks with the Cardinals is because he wants to be paid like a top defensive player instead of being just the highest-paid safety in the league. What can’t be ignored is how good he is when healthy.The Cardinals have been in talks with the former LSU Tiger during the summer about an extension as they would like to retain the most versatile defender in the NFL.Mathieu completed his 2015 campaign with 89 tackles and was tied for the team lead in interceptions with five.Clayton spoke with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday about the reasoning behind the stalemate of negotiations between the two sides..“He’s becoming one of the best defensive players in the league,” Clayton said. “But still, just like in the case of Earl Thomas, he’s a safety and the top safeties make $10.25 million. How much more than that can Steve Keim and the organization go?”While the Cardinals primary focus is locking up Mathieu, the organization will seek an extension for Campbell as well.7. Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals: Campbell is a dominating force along the Cardinals’ line. He turns 30 in September, and it’s vital the Cardinals sign him to a long-term deal.Statistically speaking, the defensive end is coming off of his worst season in the NFL, he finished with his lowest sack total (five) since becoming a starter in 2009. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more