Network Aviation pilots have returned to work today after yesterday’s 24-hour stoppage when more than 200 members (more than 85 per cent of the airline pilots flying for Qantas regionally in Western Australia) took protected industrial action (PIA).
A meeting has been agreed to by both parties for next week and it is hoped that negotiations will resume in good faith.
"The AFAP remains committed to ensuring the views of our membership are clearly heard by Qantas and that we explore every possible opportunity to make progress towards agreement," said Senior Industrial Officer Chris Aikens.
"Network Aviation's pilots are simply asking for something that is affordable and sustainable for the company and its workforce."
"The AFAP remains open to meeting with the company to progress negotiations in good faith and reach an agreement," said Mr Aikens.
Pilots have also communicated to Qantas management that any further PIA will be suspended until at least the conclusion of that meeting.
Network Aviation pilots' 24-hour stoppage held yesterday (00:01 to 22:59AWT) is lawful protected industrial action approved by the Fair Work Commission.
The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) represents more than 85 per cent of the pilots employed by Qantas Group subsidiary Network Aviation to fly passenger transport (PT), and fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) and private charter aircraft in Western Australia.
This pilot group is negotiating a new enterprise agreement to replace the Network Aviation Pilots Enterprise Agreement 2016 (expired 31 Oct 2020).
With more than 5700 members, the AFAP is the largest professional association and industrial organisation for professional pilots in Australia flying domestically and internationally. The AFAP is one of the 13 founding member associations of IFALPA: The Global Voice of Pilots.