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1.  Qantas, ALAEA continue blame game over cancelled strike

The ALAEA (Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association) called off planned strike action against Qantas today, but not before the airline was forced to cancel 40 flights and delay and bring forward others.
“The engineers’ union has waited until a few hours before the planned strike to call it off so that passengers are still disrupted and the Qantas business has been damaged but their members don’t lose any money from going on strike,” Qantas group executive government and corporate affairs Olivia Wirth said.
“We apologise to all of our customers who have been delayed because of cynical games from the union. We would like to re-instate services but it’s too late. You can’t just turn an airline on and off.”
For its part the ALAEA said it cancelled the four hour work stoppages as Qantas “illegally threatened” not to pay up to seven hours’ wages for the time not worked.
“The airline is playing dirty pool with our members by threatening them for taking lawful industrial action,” ALAEA federal secretary Steve Purvinas said.
“To ensure our members are not unfairly disadvantaged by Qantas management’s last minute curve ball, we have decided to reassess our position on today’s planned action.”
The ALAEA says Qantas has “not responded” to its calls to resume negotiations on Wednesday, while Qantas says the ALAEA “refused to attend” conciliation talks before Fair Work Australia last Thursday.
Qantas says the travel plans of 11,000 passengers were disrupted by the cancellations and delays today. The ALAEA had planned that the four hour stoppage for its Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane workforces would begin at 3pm AEDT. Instead, a four work stoppage is now planned for this Friday.
“I would think that by October the 28th when the Qantas AGM takes place you’re likely to see full-day stoppages,” Purvinas warned media in Melbourne today, AAP has reported.
“If I was a person considering travel over the period up until Christmas I’d probably be looking at airlines other than Qantas.”

2.  Industrial Strike Hits Quantas Airways, AUSTRALIA

Qantas Airways, Australia face industrial action from ground staff, baggage handlers and engineers over pay and labour conditions.

The ground workers’ strike has caused inconvenience to thousands of passengers. A total of 39 flights are being delayed while two have been cancelled. The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers association and the Transport Workers Union are the major workers’ unions battling with the airlines for better pay and working conditions. The past month saw outrages of the Qantas airlines workers through an array of full shift job walk-offs, one-hour strikes, nationwide stoppages, overtime bans and daily stop work meetings. According to Australia Bargains, so far no flights from UK to Australia have been cancelled but passengers should be prepared for disruption to Australia domestic flights.

With the travel plans and flights of 8,500 domestic and international passengers already disrupted, Qantas airways estimate that the work stoppages and industrial action will cause inconvenience to almost 25,000 passengers. International airports across the country, including the Sydney airport, are being affected greatly by the industrial strike.

The strike initiated by the union representing Qantas Airways Ltd. has been successful in gaining the support of more groups of airline workers like cabin cleaners, catering staff, ramp workers and engineers. While efforts are being made to settle the issues between the airlines and the workers, a partial breakthrough has been achieved on pay negotiations.

Qantas is trying to resolve the industrial action by holding several rounds of negotiation meetings. The positive approach has calmed down the workers’ unions and a conclusion can be expected to reach soon. However, the unions warn that several strikes will follow, if the airlines fail to identify the workers’ demands and needs. Nevertheless, all passengers to Australia are advised to stay aware of the inconvenience which the industrial strike may cause.

2. More reasons to visit Zim

Emirates airline said it will begin flying five times a week between Zimbabwe, Zambia and Dubai next year.

“In February 2012, Emirates will commence services five days a week from Harare and Lusaka to Dubai,” Emirates Group said in a newspaper advert seeking applications for staff to run its new operations.

Flag carrier Air Zimbabwe has downsized its services because of frequent strikes and huge debts as the company tries to maintain an ageing fleet.

Air Zimbabwe pilots went on strike for over five months this year over unpaid salaries and allowances as the airline is saddled with $100 million in debt.

Several international airlines, including EgyptAir, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and Quantas stopped flights to Zimbabwe because of dwindling passenger numbers as tourists were scared off by political violence and food shortages.

3. Humanitarian Programmes Unit Manager, AME & LAC

Work for an organisation where life comes first! Half the world lives in poverty.  Christian Aid is striving for wholesale change to the structures and rules that keep people poor.  We work wherever the need is greatest, giving people strength to find their own solutions to the problems they face, irrespective of their religion.  So if you’re passionate about helping others, and want to help us drive positive change across the world, join us.

Christian Aid is now looking to recruit a highly committed and skilled humanitarian manager to manage our Humanitarian work across Asia and the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role in the development and management of Christian Aid’s humanitarian and resilience work in AME and LAC. The post holder will have the responsibility of coordinating and managing Christian Aids humanitarian work in AME and LAC.  They will be responsible for leading new humanitarian responses to emergencies ensuring best practice is developed and followed, that the work is accountable to communities who should be benefiting from the assistance, that contingency planning is carried out and that humanitarian programmes are fully integrated into the longer term development and advocacy work lead by the country teams. They will play a key role in the development of disaster risk reduction and resilience work across the regions and work to ensure coherence between the emergency and longer term work.

You will have considerable experience working internationally, preferably in AME and or LAC, of which a significant proportion should be in an emergency management.  You should also have experience of managing a rapid response team or working in chronic emergencies.  Ideally you will have experience working for a non operational agency.  You should have experience of staff management in complex organisations, project cycle management and an excellent understanding of humanitarian and development issues.  Your ability to operate in Spanish would be an advantage as would experience in implementing quality and accountability systems.

We value the contribution each and every one of our people makes to the success of our organisation.  That’s why you can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, a season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

As this post is UK based, non-EC nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

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