Minimal impact from Qantas strike

QANTASLINK travellers leaving Coffs Harbour Airport next Tuesday can expect minimal impact from a national strike called by the Transport Workers' Union.

Qantas ground and catering staff across the country will stop work for four hours, mostly from 7am.

Coffs Harbour Airport manager Dennis Martin isn't expecting the action to throw operations out locally.

Mr Martin says because baggage handling services are provided by a contractor in Coffs Harbour, there should be little to no impact.

"We only have one arriving flight and one departing flight during the strike period. The worst case scenario is that there could be a small delay coming from Sydney," Mr Martin said.

"Qantas has been experiencing similar industrial issues in the past few months, but we've really seen little effect on flights in and out of Coffs Harbour during that time."

Mr Martin suggests anyone travelling to or from Sydney between 7am and 11am on Tuesday check for any impacts with Qantas either by phone or online.

Scott Connolly from the Transport Workers' Union makes no apologies for the walk out. He said Qantas left them with no other choice than strike action, claiming their enterprise bargaining negotiations have been stonewalled by management.

"TWU members have been patient and negotiated in good faith. Qantas has, however, sought to frustrate every move to secure our members' jobs and decent pay condition," Mr Connolly said.

Mr Connolly said workers are particularly upset at the $5 million pay rise given to CEO Alan Joyce, and a massive 120% profit increase at the same time plans are being made to relocate key aviation businesses to Asia.



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