Following an overwhelming response to the recent protected industrial action (PIA) ballot by the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) Jetstar pilot members, the AFAP has notified Jetstar that it will be taking the following industrial action:
- 4-hour work stoppages on both Saturday 14 December 2019 and Sunday 15 December 2019; and
- A range of lower level bans commencing on 14 December 2019 and ending 20 December 2019.
According to AFAP Executive Director Simon Lutton: “We are disappointed to have to take these actions however we have been left with little alternative after Jetstar’s unilateral decision to cancel all further negotiation meetings in response to our lawful decision to commence a PIA ballot.”
“Assertions by Jetstar that we are seeking a 15% wage increase are simply untrue.
The AFAP wage claim is for 3% annual increases to salary.” said Mr Lutton.The AFAP contends that Jetstar has exaggerated and inflated the cost of the pilot’s non-salary claims while ignoring or undervaluing the benefits and efficiencies of the concessions that have been offered.
“Put simply, Jetstar have manufactured the alleged 15% increase based on inaccurate and flawed costings of our non-salary claims, such as those claims relating to rostering and fatigue mitigation,” said Mr Lutton.
The industrial action is taking place from 14 December 2019 to 20 December 2019 with the AFAP further advising that it will not be taking any PIA over the period 21 December 2019 to 3 January 2020.
“It is our hope that Jetstar will use the window from 21 December to 3 January to schedule meetings and resume negotiations towards reaching a fair agreement so that we do not need to consider any further action after this point,” said Mr Lutton.
Mr Lutton advised, “We remain ready, willing and able to negotiate an agreement which balances the needs of both Jetstar and the Jetstar pilots however we cannot do this if Jetstar continues to refuse to resume negotiations.”