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Rex Saab pilots apply for PIA ballot

Regional Express (Rex) Holding Ltd pilots have been attempting to negotiate a new Enterprise Agreement since early-2018 (ahead of the 30 June 2018 expiry date of the Regional Express Pilots’ Enterprise Agreement 2014).

The offer received from the company late on Friday (3 June) is even worse than previous offers made by the company.

This latest offer represents a cut in real-term salary of more than 5% since 2018.

It does not contain back pay and does not cover CPI over the previous four years.

As a result, Rex pilots have been left with little option than to exercise their lawful right to lodge an application for a Protected Industrial Action (PIA) ballot with the Fair Work Commission (FWC). 

This was lodged with the FWC on Friday night in response to Rex’s latest offer.

We are pleased to see that Rex is predicting the airline will soon return to pre-Covid flying levels (as reported to the ASX on Monday morning).

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) stands by our communications to members at Rex and will continue to inform members in an honest, timely and accurate manner.

About AFAP

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) represents the vast majority (250) of the approximately 280 commercial pilots employed by Regional Express Holdings to fly the fleet of Saab turboprop jets in Australia. That represents almost 90% membership density among the pilots. With more than 5700 members, the AFAP is the largest professional association and industrial organisation for professional commercial pilots in Australia flying domestically and internationally..


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