Qantas reaches three-year agreement with cabin crews

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Qantas Airways announced has reached an agreement with short-haul cabin crews after voting for a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA).

The three-year agreement was reached with Flight Attendants Association of Australia's (FAAA) domestic and regional division.

"This is the first major EBA reached at Qantas since the recent industrial disputes with three other unions and applies to around 2,150 customer service managers and flight attendants", said Qantas.

"We have been able to negotiate a good outcome with the FAAA, providing a 3% pay increase each year for three years as well as some changes to increments and improved flexibility for Qantas," said Qantas group's executive for operations, Lyell Strambi in a statement.

The arbitration process with the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA), Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) and Transport Workers Union is on going before Fair Work Australia (FWA).

"The arbitration process is run separately for each union. Irrespective of the timeframe for the Fair Work Australia process, the unions are unable to take industrial action for the period of arbitration, and for the period of the EBA determination - which could be up to four years," Strambi added.

Negotiations between Qantas and the three unions failed after both sides could not reach an agreement by a FWA-imposed deadline to resolve their disputes.