The lengthy industrial dispute between Qantas and its aircraft engineers is now over after yesterday’s determination by Fair Work Australia (FWA).

The new enterprise bargaining agreement will include employment terms and conditions that have been mutually agreed to by the union and the airline and will remain in force until December 2014.

Qantas’s fleet was previously grounded in October in an effort to break an impasse in industrial disputes with three unions represnting engineers, pilots an baggage handlers. FWA later ordered a halt to industrial action by the unions.

The arbitration between Qantas and the Australian and International Pilots Association, and Transport Workers’ Union remains before FWA.

Alan Joyce, Qantas chief executive officer, said he was relieved that the industrial campaign was over, and that the terms of the new agreement include a three per cent annual pay increase, new licensing arrangements, changes which ease restrictions on extended hours rosters and arrangements for the transition to retirement for licenced engineers.

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