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‘Don’t let Qantas close Jetstar’ – union takes action

December 18, 2015 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australia’s Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) will apply to the Fair Work Commission for good faith bargaining orders against Jetstar. The union is seeking the orders in response to what it says are threats by Jetstar to ground the airline, similar to the 2011 action of its parent company Qantas.

According to a report in the Australian Financial Review, however, sources are denying any such threats were made in the manner the union portrays, saying  comments made at the negotiating table have been misrepresented.

The TWU, however, is adamant that the threat exists.

“The travelling public has a right to know that at Christmas time they are being used as pawns by Jetstar in how it treats its workforce. Hardworking aviation workers have a right to negotiate for better conditions without being threatened with being shut out of their jobs,” TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon.

“Aviation is an industry marked by the fact that 21% earn below the poverty line of AUD 863 for a couple with two children. Jetstar is owned by Qantas, a company which today forecast it will make up to AUD 1 billion profit in the first six months of 2016. While its workforce are struggling to pay bills the company is paying its chief executive AUD 12 million,” Sheldon said.

“Management have refused to constructively discuss our claims to ensure the workforce is able to earn a decent and fair wage. Jetstar’s tactics are more akin to the bargaining style of 18th century Victorian industrialists rather than a modern airline,” he added.

The TWU has written to Jetstar ahead of lodging an application to the Fair Work Commission today under the Fair Work Act 2009 which dictates that bargaining representatives must meet good faith bargaining requirements.

Qantas, an increasingly profitable airline, has now finalised 21 enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBAs) with its workforce. Provisions of these include a pay freeze in exchange for a 5% bonus for more than 10,000 staff including pilots, cabin crew and engineers, some of whom are TWU members.

Edited by Peter Needham

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  1. bruce weston says:

    well have you ever heard such a crock of rubbish – invent a scenario then make a protest but wait it is from the whitest of white – the TWU oh my goodness their poor workers on 21% below the poverty line – wow what a great job they have been dong for workers – but wait are not all their union officials paid in the 100k + a year bracket – gee am I confused

  2. gnits says:

    ….’the travelling public is being used as pawns by jetstar’ -tony sheldon….. mr sheldon do you think when workers strike they don’t use the travelling public as pawns too?… of course they do… remember it’s the public getting inconvenienced everytime there is a labour strike… how can you even twist words… the grounding of qantas flights during those days when strikes are so unpredictable was brilliant… it did not make the travelling public happy but at least it stopped strikes that inconvenience the public endlessly and it saved qantas a lot of money, which the union wished them to lose… remember at the time qantas was already losing money… how ironic for the union to criticize qantas about financial woes when they themselves were not helping…

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