Jetstar staff have announced they will be striking around the country this Friday, protesting poor conditions and pay rates.
Baggage handlers and ground crew will be taking the protected industrial action over two two-hour stoppages at Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide.
It comes after Jetstar staff overwhelming voted (94%) last Friday to take protected industrial action after the company rejected basic demands.
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Under protected action rules workers must give the company three working days notice before action begins.
The strikes will happen within the following times on Friday, December 13:
Sydney: 5.30am to 7.30am and 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Melbourne: 9.30am to 11.30am and 4pm to 6pm
Avalon: 8.30am to 10.30am and 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Brisbane: 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm
Cairns: 5.30am to 7.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Adelaide: 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine says staff must take united action against ‘poverty wages’.
“Australia has an underemployment problem that is hurting the economy and Jetstar is among the companies causing the problem.
“Ground crew are given as few as 20 hours guaranteed a week with rates so low that their families are forced to struggle.
“Working conditions at Jetstar are tough with the company cutting the number of crew to the point that safety is a problem.
“Crew want more rest breaks and more trained staff so they can do their jobs without risking injury.
“Jetstar made revenues of $4 billion this year while the Qantas Group made profits of $1.3 billion.
“These workers stuck with the company during the tough times when Jetstar and Qantas insisted on pay freezes.
“Now they rightly expect to be treated fairly. The company cannot continue to make massive profits literally off the backs of its workers,” Mr Kaine said.
The Jetstar action is being called a ‘kick-start to a major industrial campaign’ which is set to occur over the next year, across all transport networks.
Airport workers have submitted claims to all major airports demanding: the same rate for doing the same job; secure work with regular hours; safety and security as the number one priority, rather than a focus on engaging work to be carried out for the lowest cost possible.
It comes as Jetstar passengers are warning of minor delays around the country this morning, as the company deals with a nationwide technology issue which has been impacting check-in facilities.
Some flights leaving the Gold Coast have been delayed by almost an hour.
Passengers report the airport is ‘clogged’ with those unable to check in.