Airports brace themselves for 24 hours of chaos while Jetstar crew-stage Australia ceases
- More than 250 baggage handlers and ground staff will strike on Wednesday
- The union demanded a 12-hour break between services and a list of applications
- More breaks, 30 hours a week guaranteed and a salary increase of four percent
- Almost 60% of Jetstar employees are members of the Transport Workers Union
Jetstar handlers and ground staff are ready for a 24-hour attack on the current employment proposal of the Australian budget company.
Earlier demands of Transport Workers’ Union were more rest breaks, a guaranteed break of 12 hours between services, 30 hours a week guaranteed and annual wage increases of 4 percent.
The Jetstar package does not meet those expectations and fits in with the Qantas Group offer to raise wages by three percent.
More than 250 Jetstar employees are ready for a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, November 19 in a battle for the current employment proposal of Australian airlines
The TWU said Friday that more than 250 workers would strike at the airports of Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide on February 19.
They accused Jetstar of proposing an employment contract “intended to keep Jetstar employees impoverished.”
“Jetstar employees are not taking this decision lightly and we apologize to the public unable to fly on Wednesday,” TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said in a statement on Friday.
“But these employees fight for a decent standard of living for their lives, to put food on the table and to ensure that they and their children have a future.
“The future is gloomy at the moment.”
Jetstar workers went on strike twice in December.
Jetstar Group chief executive Gareth Evans said in a statement that after more than a year of negotiations with the union, the company had made a number of concessions to postpay and schedule.
“The deal yields annual wage increases that are far above the wage growth of the private sector and more than what most companies offer,” Evans said.
‘It also ensures that we can continue to offer the low rates that our customers expect.
“The union continues to ignore the fact that no part of Jetstar or the Qantas Group will close a wage deal more than three percent.”
Jetstar customers who travel on February 19 will receive a full refund or a new flight arrangement upon request.
With nearly 60 percent of the Jetstar employees who are affiliated with the TWU, each agreement would be highly dependent on trade union approval.
Ground personnel (above) and baggage handlers are among the strikers, as nearly 60 percent of employees are members of the Transport Workers Union – who do not accept a wage increase of less than four percent