Jetstar pilot pay, condition talks stall

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JETSTAR and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots have canned their plans to meet ahead of a union vote to decide if pilots will strike at Christmas.

The Fair Work Commission authorised the pilots’ union to hold a ballot vote on whether to continue with their claims for better pay and conditions.

The ballot opened on Friday and will close on December 6.

Jetstar says pilots’ demands would increase costs almost 15 per cent. The union disputed the figure but refused to reveal what they thought it actually was.

Instead, a media spokeswoman said pilots wanted better pay, good management and better rostering among the improved conditions in any future agreement.

The union was unable to say how long they wanted the next agreement to be, suggesting it could be three or four years – after the previous deal expired on April 21.

Jetstar’s narrow body aircraft captains who flew up to 75 hours a month in the 2018 financial year earned $304,576, including super and allowances.

The groups were due to meet this week but the union says Jetstar cancelled that talk and the next scheduled appointment is the second week in December.

Pilots will cast their vote on various actions including deciding not to work overtime, refusing to follow standard fuel-saving procedures or stopping work for up to 24 hours.

Under the current enterprise agreement, it is understood Jetstar pilots receive a three per cent wage increase each year, as well as other benefits and allowances.

Both the company and pilots claim they want a mutually-agreed resolution.

Pay negotiations broke down after nearly a year, with Jetstar highlighting that future actions from the union would not change its position.

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