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ITF warning could herald strike action

A warning from an international union could prompt global strikes.

07 April 2011

A warning put forth by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) could herald the beginning of strikes in the UK and Europe.

As part of an ongoing dispute with Australian airline Qantas, the organisation has condemned the training of managers in the US for use as strikebreakers in the event that industrial action takes place.

Commenting on the move, ITF president Paddy Crumlin claimed the body has "no sympathy or tolerance" for any employer who seeks to impede on their workforce's collective bargaining power and urged Qantas to participate in strike negotiations.

"In the end, it is the interests of the travelling public, shareholders, the workforce and most importantly the community, for Qantas to sit down and establish a fair deal," he said.

Mr Crumlin recently told local media that the carrier could face global action in the US, Britain and Europe if it proceeded with plans to disrupt the strikes.

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