The AFAP has applied to the Fair Work Commission for a protected industrial action ballot of its pilot members at Jetstar.
Jetstar pilots are disappointed that negotiations over a new enterprise agreement (EA) have not progressed satisfactorily with the company.
In addition to their general dissatisfaction with salary and conditions, Jetstar pilots are also concerned about fatiguing rostering practices at the airline which have remained unaddressed in the EA negotiations to date.
According to AFAP Executive Director Simon Lutton: “The Jetstar pilots are disappointed to have to take this step but, as negotiating with the company in good faith has got them nowhere, they have been left with no choice”.
This is the first step towards protected industrial action which could affect the busy Christmas period. The low-cost airline operates routes to all Australian capital cities, as well as many international and domestic holiday destinations.
“Jetstar pilots are the lowest-paid jet airline pilots employed by the four major carriers operating in Australia and they are tired of not being valued as highly as their peers at other airlines”, said Mr Lutton.
“Jetstar pilots are paid significantly less than their counterparts at Tigerair, Virgin and Qantas”, he said.