Tigerair Faces Pilot Industrial Action

Pilots at Tigerair have given notice that protected industrial action will commence Friday 4 May, unless a deal is reached in negotiations this week. 


If industrial action commences, it could result in flight delays and cancellations this weekend.


The airline operates routes to all Capital cities, as well as a number of tourist destinations throughout Australia. 


Simon Lutton, Executive Director of the AFAP, says “after more than 12 months of negotiations, the decision to take protected industrial action was not made lightly.”


“Tigerair pilots fly the same aircraft as their counterparts at Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas, however this is not reflected in their employment conditions. The current agreement is well below industry standards, both in terms of pay and work-life balance. Tigerair pilots are simply looking for a fair deal.” 


“The Company is not only refusing to provide basic employment conditions that are standard in the industry, they are also insisting on substantial cuts to conditions to justify salary increases.”


“We have chosen not to exercise our right to a complete stoppage of work, instead we have limited the actions to not working outside a pilot’s published roster, and not operating an aircraft until all allowable defects have been resolved. Given the possible disruptions, we even provided Tigerair with 4 days’ more notice than legally required, to put in place contingencies.” 


The industrial action is scheduled to commence at 6.00am on Friday 4 May, and will run until 11.59pm on Sunday 6 May, however if Tigerair make a reasonable offer at the scheduled meetings on 1 and 2 May, the AFAP has the option to withdraw these actions.


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The AFAP is the largest industrial and professional association of Australian commercial air pilots, and represents 75% of Tigerair pilots.


Please direct media enquiries to: 

Simon Lutton, AFAP Executive Director

0419 482 582 simon@afap.org.au

James Lauchland, AFAP Senior Industrial Officer
0401 977 755 james@afap.org.au



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