Pilots at Network Aviation (NA) have voted down three attempts at a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. NA pilots are the worst paid in the Qantas group; at present, 70% of NA pilots are paid below award levels, according to the union. Qantas’ says they want a 50% pay rise, but that would only take them up to award levels.
After the last rejection, Qantas went to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) seeking a finding of ‘Intractable Bargaining‘, a last resort Industrial Relations tool to break the impasse of stalled negotiations. If successful, this would see the FWC settle the dispute. NA pilots voted Thursday to continue rolling strikes, and another two-day action planned for next week was announced by AFAP on Friday..