Jetstar pilots threaten Christmas strike

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AUSTRALIANS planning to fly home for Christmas could see their plans disrupted as Jetstar pilots threaten to strike in mid-December.

The Fair Work Commission has authorised the pilots union on Monday to hold a ballot vote to determine whether they’ll be moving further with their actions, which would include work stoppages of up to 24 hours.

Pay negotiations broke down after the company proposed a three per cent annual wage rise and the union asked for 15 per cent, the union reported.

AFAP executive director Simon Lutton said the union was taking the step because its members were disappointed negotiations with Jetstar over a new enterprise agreement had stalled.

“As negotiating with the company in good faith has got them nowhere, they have been left with no choice,” he said.