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Planned strike action from Qantas cabin crews over the Christmas period have been labelled “a last resort” by a union official.

The 24-hour industrial action in coming weeks could spark chaos for domestic flights over the holidays, but Flight Attendants Association of Australia vice president Angela McManus said staff just want to be listened to.

“The last thing we want to do is disrupt customers, it is not in our DNA,” she told Today.

The union claims a two-year pay freeze due to COVID-19 has left them tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket.

The decision threatens to disrupt Christmas travel for millions of Australians however the union has made no announcement of the proposed date for industrial action yet.

“At the time that we filed for the action negotiations had stalled,” McManus said.

“We only got the results the other day and we’ve got four weeks to action it.

“The timing was never planned to be before Christmas and we never said that we were going to implement all of the conditions that we’ve put into the ballot.”

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