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Qantas has won the right to not pay staff sick pay, including a cancer sufferer, while they are stood down during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Federal Court today ruled in the airline's favour, after unions had tried to argue the Qantas position on sick pay was unfair.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is considering an appeal and described the court's decision as "bitterly disappointing".
Qantas planes parked on the tarmac. (Getty)
Qantas stood down 20,000 employees in March, after its domestic and international routes were shut down by the coronavirus.
A man battling cancer and another awaiting a triple bypass are among Qantas staff who receive sick pay, the TWU claimed. Both men had worked at Qantas for more than 30 years.
"Unfortunately, the coronavirus has meant the majority of our employees have been stood down and not receiving their regular income," a Qantas spokesperson told nine.com.au in a statement.
"The court has confirmed that employees who are stood down are not eligible to receive paid sick leave because there is no work to be absent from."
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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