Airports throughout Australia are thrown into chaos while Jetstar cancels a quarter of its flights and 250 staff prepare to strike
- The budget airline has already canceled 48 of its 200 daily domestic flights
- 250 workers will strike in Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide
- The Transport Workers’ Union demands pay increases and better conditions
- Jetstar offered employees a salary increase of three percent, but the union rejected the offer
Jetstar has canceled one in four domestic flights scheduled for Wednesday, while 250 employees are preparing to leave the job.
Tomorrow’s strike will hit the airports of Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide.
The budget airline confirmed the cancellation of 48 of the 200 daily domestic flights.
The Transport Workers’ Union demands a guaranteed break of 12 hours between services, more rest breaks and a salary increase of four percent per year.
Jetstar offered employees a salary increase of three percent, but the union rejected the proposal.
The budget airline has already canceled 48 of its 200 domestic flights scheduled for Wednesday
The Transport Workers’ Union demands a guaranteed break of 12 hours between services, more rest breaks and a salary increase of four percent per year
“To minimize the disruption caused by the TWU action, it was necessary to proactively cancel some of our domestic flights in Australia,” said a Jetstar statement.
The airline urges passengers to allow extra time at the airport and to expect some delay.
Affected flights are postponed a few hours after their original departure time.
“We have developed a contingency plan that protects our customers’ travel,” a Jetstar spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
“Most customers on affected flights are set to travel within a few hours of their original departure time and all customers arrive at their destinations the same day.
“To achieve this, we have consolidated some services and moved other customers to Qantas flights where necessary.”
Customers traveling on February 19 can also request a full refund or a free change of their travel date before they fly.
The union said the strike was mentioned because members felt that the airline was trying to “force employees to accept an agreement even worse than the current one they are talking about.”
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said the Jetstar employees were united and determined to fight for their jobs and the future of their families.
“Jetstar employees are not making this decision lightly and we apologize to the public that Wednesday cannot fly,” Kaine said.
Tomorrow’s strike will hit the airports of Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide
“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.”
The union claims that Jetstar is trying to force understaffing on their staff.
“Jetstar employees are completely stunned why they cannot get a guarantee 30 hours a week if they can see that the work is there,” said Kaine.
Jetstar workers went on strike twice in December and then announced a moratorium during Christmas and New Year and during the January forest fires.
Ninety-four percent of Jetstar employees voted for protected industrial action.
‘This is not a wage dispute. This is a fight against understaffing and a fight for decent jobs at the airport, “Kaine said.
“Jetstar broke off the talks and refused to negotiate with his staff.”
No international flight will be affected by the Wednesday strike.
LIST OF FEBRUARY 19 FLIGHTS CANCELED BY JETSTAR
JQ500 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ502 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ516 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ522 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ518 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ524 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ507 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ515 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ517 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ519 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ523 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ527 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ810 Sydney to Brisbane
JQ824 Sydney to Brisbane
JQ812 Sydney to Brisbane
JQ811 Brisbane to Sydney
JQ813 Brisbane to Sydney
JQ821 Brisbane to Sydney
JQ560 Melbourne to Brisbane
JQ566 Melbourne to Brisbane
JQ570 Melbourne to Brisbane
JQ563 Brisbane to Melbourne
JQ707 Melbourne to Hobart
JQ702 Hobart to Melbourne
JQ569 Brisbane to Melbourne
JQ567 Brisbane to Melbourne
JQ408 Sydney to Gold Coast
JQ406 Sydney to Gold Coast
JQ411 Gold Coast to Sydney
JQ409 Gold Coast to Sydney
JQ762 Sydney to Adelaide
JQ768 Sydney to Adelaide
JQ763 Adelaide to Sydney
JQ769 Adelaide to Sydney
JQ772 Melbourne to Adelaide
JQ776 Melbourne to Adelaide
JQ777 Adelaide to Melbourne
JQ773 Adelaide to Melbourne
JQ954 Sydney to Cairns
JQ946 Sydney to Cairns
JQ953 Cairns to Sydney
JQ949 Cairns to Sydney
JQ610 Avalon to Sydney
JQ609 Sydney to Avalon
JQ632 Avalon to Adelaide
JQ633 Adelaide to Avalon
JQ703 Melbourne to Hobart
JQ708 Hobart to Melbourne