Engineers warn Qantas about 4 July labour action

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The Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) has notified Australian flag carrier Qantas that it will take industrial action as part of a dispute over pay and conditions.

Lyell Strambi, Qantas Group executive operations, said Qantas was assessing the possible impact of the union's planned rolling two-hour work stoppages on Monday 4 July. The carrier is also considering banning overimte for all Qantas licensed engineers for the foreseeable future.

"We are currently assessing our contingency plans to minimise the disruptions to our customers," Strambi said.

Strambi criticised ALAEA's demands as "unreasonable" and "excessive".

"This reckless action comes on the day that Qantas's normal flight operations have resumed and Qantas passengers are finally getting to their destinations following the disruptions caused by the volcanic ash from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Volcano in Chile," Strambi added.

Strambi called on ALAEA to "stop threatening to disrupt Qantas passengers and come to the Fair Work Australia mediation tomorrow to negotiate a realistic outcome".

In May ALAEA had organised a one hour strike for Qantas licensed engineers across Australia, only to cancel the strike at the last minute.

Despite the cancellation the strike notice disrupted the travel plans of Qantas passengers.