Tigerair pilots to strike ahead of Aus Day long weekend

Tigerair pilots have voted to strike on Friday, throwing the Australia Day long weekend holiday plans of thousands of Australians into chaos.

Pilots will walk off the job for four hours between 5am and 9am on Friday over an ongoing pay dispute.

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots has blamed stalled negotiations over a new pay and conditions agreement with the airline.


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Senior Industrial Officer James Lauchland says the decision to strike was not taken lightly.

“Tigerair pilots fly the same aircraft as their counterparts at Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas but this is not reflected in their employment conditions,” Mr Lauchland said in a statement.

“The current agreement is well below industry standards, both in terms of pay and conditions. Tigerair pilots are simply looking for a fair deal.”

The union says Tigerair pilots have not had a pay increase for two years.

“Tigerair insists on finding savings in return for our claims for industry standard pay and conditions.”

Pilots have stepped up their industrial action over the last few weeks, voting last month to take protected action, including refusing to fly aircraft with minor defects.

That was taken to another level earlier this month when over 90 per cent of Tiger pilots voted in favour of refusing to work on rostered days off, annual leave days or days free of duty.

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