Jetstar has cancelled one in four of its domestic flights scheduled for Wednesday as 250 workers prepare to walk off the job.
Tomorrow’s strike will affect Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide airports.
The budget airline confirmed the cancellation of 48 of its 200 daily domestic flights.
The Transport Workers’ Union is demanding a guaranteed 12-hour break between shifts, more rest breaks, and a four per cent pay rise annually.
Jetstar offered workers a three per cent pay increase, but the union rejected the proposal.
The budget airline has already cancelled 48 of its 200 domestic flights scheduled for Wednesday
The Transport Workers’ Union is demanding a guaranteed 12-hour break between shifts, more rest breaks, and a four per cent pay rise annually
‘To minimise the disruption caused by the TWU action, it has been necessary to proactively cancel some of our domestic flights in Australia,’ a Jetstar statement read.
The airline is urging passengers to allow extra time at the airport and to expect some delays.
Affected flights will be delayed by a few hours from their original departure time.
‘We have developed a contingency plan that protects our customers’ travel,’ a Jetstar spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Most customers on impacted flights (are) set to travel within a few hours of their original departure time and all customers getting to their destinations same day.
‘To achieve this we have consolidated some services and moved other customers to Qantas flights where necessary.’
Any customers travelling on February 19 can also request a full refund or a no-cost change to their travel date prior to flying.
The union said the the strike was called as members felt the airline was trying ‘to force workers to accept an agreement which is even worse than the current agreement they are on’.
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said Jetstar workers were united and determined to fight for their jobs and their families’ futures.
‘Jetstar workers do not take this decision lightly and we apologise to members of the public who will be unable to fly on Wednesday,’ Mr Kaine said.
Tomorrow’s strike will affect Sydney, Melbourne , Avalon, Brisbane , Cairns and Adelaide airports
‘But these workers are in the fight of their lives for a decent standard of living, to be able to put food on the table and to ensure they and their kids have a future.
‘At the moment that future is bleak.’
The union claims Jetstar is trying to force underemployment on their staff.
‘Jetstar workers are utterly baffled as to why they can’t get a guarantee for 30 hours a week when they can see that the work is there,’ Mr Kaine said.
Jetstar workers went on strike twice in December and then announced a moratorium over Christmas and New Year and during the bushfires in January.
Ninety-four per cent of Jetstar workers voted to take protected industrial action.
‘This is not a pay dispute. This is a battle against underemployment and a battle for decent jobs at the airport,’ Mr Kaine said.
‘Jetstar has broken off talks and is refusing to negotiate with its workforce.’
No international flights will be impacted by Wednesday’s strike.
LIST OF FEBRUARY 19 FLIGHTS CANCELLED BY JETSTAR
JQ500 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ502 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ516 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ522 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ518 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ524 Melbourne to Sydney
JQ507 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ515 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ517 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ519 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ523 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ527 Sydney to Melbourne
JQ810 Sydney to Brisbane
JQ824 Sydney to Brisbane
JQ812 Sydney to Brisbane
JQ811 Brisbane to Sydney
JQ813 Brisbane to Sydney
JQ821 Brisbane to Sydney
JQ560 Melbourne to Brisbane
JQ566 Melbourne to Brisbane
JQ570 Melbourne to Brisbane
JQ563 Brisbane to Melbourne
JQ707 Melbourne to Hobart
JQ702 Hobart to Melbourne
JQ569 Brisbane to Melbourne
JQ567 Brisbane to Melbourne
JQ408 Sydney to Gold Coast
JQ406 Sydney to Gold Coast
JQ411 Gold Coast to Sydney
JQ409 Gold Coast to Sydney
JQ762 Sydney to Adelaide
JQ768 Sydney to Adelaide
JQ763 Adelaide to Sydney
JQ769 Adelaide to Sydney
JQ772 Melbourne to Adelaide
JQ776 Melbourne to Adelaide
JQ777 Adelaide to Melbourne
JQ773 Adelaide to Melbourne
JQ954 Sydney to Cairns
JQ946 Sydney to Cairns
JQ953 Cairns to Sydney
JQ949 Cairns to Sydney
JQ610 Avalon to Sydney
JQ609 Sydney to Avalon
JQ632 Avalon to Adelaide
JQ633 Adelaide to Avalon
JQ703 Melbourne to Hobart
JQ708 Hobart to Melbourne
Source: dailymail UK