Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
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Australian PM seeks Qantas deal

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard calls for an end to industrial action which has seen Qantas ground all its international and domestic flights.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called for an end to industrial action which has seen Qantas ground all its international and domestic flights.

Gillard said: "The government in this matter is seeking to bring the industrial action to an end and to have the dispute resolved."

Qantas said 68,000 passengers were affected by its grounding of 108 aircraft in 22 cities worldwide.

The airline announced it would also lock out staff involved in industrial action, after months of strikes.