The Tigerair Australia Pilots Enterprise Agreement 2019 has been approved by the Fair Work Commission and commences operation from 4 June 2019.
Negotiating on behalf of its Tigerair pilot members for more than two years, the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) reached an in-principle agreement with the company in March 2019. Tigerair pilots then voted (with a participation rate of 94%) and 78% of those who voted approved the deal.
Negotiations had stalled in late-2018 and protected industrial action was taken, including work bans and a four-hour stoppage of work over the busy December-January holiday period.
Further negotiations early this year brought about a resolution satisfactory to both parties that will result in an initial 16% pay increase for Tigerair pilots achieved in part through rolling five-hours of overtime into the base rate. Three further annual 2.5% increases start from December 2019.
The agreement also provides for certain lifestyle improvements for pilots by retaining access to fixed rosters (five days on / three days off) and introducing protections around duty changes that allow pilots to better plan their lives.
The improvements were offset by the AFAP agreeing to allow the company greater efficiency in rostering Pilots when under training.
Pilots will now also be back paid for the period to December 2017. (Negotiations over the new enterprise agreement had been running for more than two years, with pilots not receiving any increase in pay during that period.)
The AFAP also negotiated an increase in pilots flight hour rate (overtime rate) by 36% over the three-year life of the enterprise agreement.
“The Australian Federation of Air Pilots is pleased with the outcome for its Tigerair pilot members and is confident that a fair deal has been reached for both Tigerair pilots and the company,” said AFAP Senior Industrial Officer Patrick Larkins.
“This resolution frees up management to focus on getting Tigerair’s fleet transition to the B737 from the A320 organised properly and to recruit pilots using the competitive salaries and conditions now on offer.”
“The AFAP is pleased to have achieved its goal of ensuring Tigerair Pilots are remunerated to properly reflect the market value of their labour when compared with their counterparts at other airlines.”
With more than 5000 members, the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) is the largest professional association and industrial organisation for commercial pilots in Australia. It represents 150 of the 190 pilots employed by Tigerair. The AFAP is also the largest representative of pilots within the Virgin Australia Group, with more than 900 members working across the Virgin Group’s international, domestic and regional operations.