Fair Work Australia, the governmental body that assists in labor matters, has ruled that Qantas Airways must stop its lockout of union members and resume flying.

Click here for its decision.

“Qantas can confirm that all domestic and international services have resumed from mid-afternoon on Monday 31 October,” the airline said on its website. “We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience and stress our customers have faced over the past days and months. Industrial action is now over, you can again book Qantas flights with confidence.”

In a statement from the Australian Workers’ Union, labor leaders said:

“The FWA decision found that economic harm was being caused by the
Qantas actions, but not the action previously taken by unions.

“The AMWU, AWU and ETU condemned the calculated move by Qantas
management to cause maximum disruption for the travelling and public and
staff to achieve this result.

“The company had not exhausted all of its options in negotiations with unions
and effectively held more than 68 000 passengers hostage to its agenda.”

For Dallas/Fort Worth travelers, it appears that the impact was that Qantas cancelled its Saturday flight from D/FW Airport to Brisbane, Australia.

For a look at how the dispute played out in various media, here are some choices:

Sydney Morning Herald: “Qantas takes off, and political flak flies.”

The Australian: “Qantas war tests Fair Work laws.”

Brisbane Courier and Mail: “Qantas boss Alan Joyce defiant in face of industrial dispute, vows to push into Asia.”

Canberra Times: “Has Qantas flown into a ditch?”

Melbourne Herald Sun: “PM claims win, Abbott points finger.”

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