oxnsox: Seems theres a lot of politics in this whole issue. It appears the leader of the opposition (in Oz) was aware of the action Qantas would take, a week before it happened, but the PM (and govt) weren't.
It's hard to believe the PM and her government didn't know if the opposition knew. Also there is ample evidence that it had been planned well before as there had been hotel bookings made to accommodate some people affected by this action.
While there is no doubt faults on both sides this pre-emptive action makes it appear there is no genuine desire from the Qantas management to negotiate. It's in the same category as a wildcat strike from any of the unions, something that has not happened to date, at least not during the current negotiations.