Qantas agrees pay deal with engineers’ union

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Qantas Airways has agreed a pay deal with its engineers, one of three unions that the airline has had a stand off with for more than a year, a union representative said. The deal, which gives engineers a 3 percent pay rise over three years, would be presented to the country’s labour umpire later on Monday, the secretary of the engineers union, Steve Purvinas, said. “The deal secures jobs onshore,” he said. “I hope the other two unions follow us.” Disputes with unions representing baggage handlers, caterers and pilots are expected to go into arbitration next year. …