Australia labor tribunal bans Qantas industrial action

October 30, 2011 19:17

MELBOURNE - An Australian labor tribunal early on Monday ordered Qantas Airways and its unions to immediately terminate all industrial action and return to the negotiating table in an effort to resolve a prolonged and bitter industrial dispute.

Fair Work Australia, an independent industrial umpire, was appointed by the government on Saturday after Qantas grounded its entire global fleet, affecting almost 500 flights and more than 68,000 passengers by Sunday afternoon.Qantas and the three unions now have 21 days to reach an agreement or face binding arbitration, the tribunal said.

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