Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Gillard tells Qantas to sort pay deal

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard is keeping a close watch on the Qantas dispute but has declined to say if the federal government will intervene.

The government has been urged to take action in the escalating war between the company and its workers over pay negotiations, with continued strike action causing chaos for passengers.

Qantas estimates about 70,000 passengers have been affected over the past few months, and Ms Gillard on Friday urged a swift resolution to the conflict.

"Australians expect the parties to this dispute to get it resolved and get it fixed," she told reporters in Perth, where she is hosting Commonwealth leaders.

Asked if the government should get involved, Ms Gillard said: "I am maintaining regular briefings with the relevant ministers about the Qantas dispute, so I'm making sure that I am continuously informed about it."

Read more on the Brisbane Times.