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Union hails 'positive result' over Qantas industrial dispute

An independent tribunal in Australia has ordered a permanent end to the industrial dispute that has grounded all Qantas flights.

Fair Work Australia issued its ruling after hearing evidence from the airline, unions and government at an emergency session in Melbourne.

Qantas had wanted the ruling and said it expected some flights could now resume within hours.

Nearly 70,000 people have been affected by flight cancellations in 22 nations.

Secretary of the ACTU union Jeff Lawrence said it was "unfortunate" it had taken federal government intervention to force Qantas to negotiate job security issues but it had led to a "positive result".