Qantas Engineers Plan One-Handed Strike

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  1. Chimpy
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    Things seem to be getting a bit out of "hand". Taken from the WSJ.

    SYDNEY—Two right-handed aircraft engineers will work only with their left hands starting Friday as industrial action against Qantas Airways Ltd. takes a bizarre twist.

    Qantas described the action as a stunt that could threaten passenger safety, but the union said that Wesley Bell in Melbourne and Vinko Vulin in Perth have decades of experience and won't put lives in jeopardy.

    Both men are part of the union's senior management team and oversee regular aircraft maintenance and safety checks that can involve using tools such as screwdrivers and spanners. A request to the union to talk to both men wasn't immediately successful, and neither responded immediately to emailed requests for comment.

    The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, which has about 1,600 members, is concerned Qantas will move jobs offshore to save costs. It has included job security demands in regular negotiations over pay and conditions, but Qantas says giving in could wreck the company.

    The union had already planned but then called off strikes against Qantas shortly before they were due to commence, citing safety incidents on Qantas planes and the shock grounding of Tiger Airways Ltd.'s local fleet.

    The full story can be found here.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303406104576443080296894512.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
     
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    Is a one-handed strike cricket?
     
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    One hand, one bounce and your out :) (Backyard rules only)
     
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    Sounds like something you'd say in the Sammy Hagar thread. :p
     
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    This story is way out of left field. ;)
     
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