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Australia Going nowhere fast: Grim scenes at Australian airports as 90 weekend flights are cancelled due to Jetstar's worker safety and pay dispute

04:15  14 december  2019
04:15  14 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Jetstar considers January flight cancellations to deal with pilot strike

  Jetstar considers January flight cancellations to deal with pilot strike Jetstar is preparing to major flight schedule changes through January in anticipation of pilot strikes continuing into the new year , as it braces for pilots to walk off the job this weekend. The brewing industrial dispute comes as the Qantas-owned budget carrier was hit by lengthy delays and cancellations on Tuesday due to an IT outage that affected its check-in counters at multiple airports across the country.

Thirty flights to be cancelled on Friday, 44 on Saturday and 46 on Sunday because of action over pay and In a statement, Jetstar said it expected 80% of flights to go ahead, and “95%” of customers will Baggage handlers and ground crew, who are members of the Transport Workers Union, will be

Jetstar plans to cancel 90 services over the weekend as part of a strike-busting contingency plan it The pilots are upset they are the lowest- paid jet flight crews in Australia and the union says they are The AFAP disputes Jetstar ’ s claim it is seeking an effective 15 percent wage increase and argues

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Empty lanes at Jetstar check-in counters told a grim tale on Saturday, as 90 of the budget airline's weekend flights were cancelled because of an industrial dispute.

Jetstar workers have walked off the job at airports across the country this week as part of an escalating pay and safety dispute.

A departures board at Sydney Airport showed Jetstar flights to Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast all cancelled today.

Jetstar cancels 90 weekend flights as pilot strike hits

  Jetstar cancels 90 weekend flights as pilot strike hits Jetstar has cancelled 90 weekend flights and rescheduled others in preparation for a pilot strike set to start on Saturday morning. The budget airline say 80 per cent of flights will operate as scheduled, and other passengers will be accommodated by consolidating affected flights, moving services onto larger aircraft, rescheduling flights and putting passengers on Qantas flights. About 5 per cent of passengers will not be able to depart for their destination on the scheduled day,  and customers were being notified on Wednesday of any changes to their bookings, the airline said.

Jetstar workers have walked off the job at airports across the country, on the first day of rolling strikes as part of a pay and safety dispute . Passengers are being told they will be notified if their flight is disrupted, as long as their contact details are up to date. Those affected will be able to change their

Jetstar , the low-cost unit of Qantas Airways Ltd., canceled 90 weekend flights because of a planned strike by workers , citing safety concerns. The Transport Workers ’ Union said it wrote to Jetstar urging the airline to expand investigations into safety at all airports after the workplace health and

a screenshot of a video game: The departures board at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning told of flight cancellations© Provided by Daily Mail The departures board at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning told of flight cancellations a group of people standing in an airport: The Jetstar counters were eerily quiet at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning© Provided by Daily Mail The Jetstar counters were eerily quiet at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning

The empty Jetstar check-in lanes spoke of disrupted holiday plans during the peak December period when families criss-cross the country to gather for Christmas celebrations.

A total of 44 flights were cancelled on Saturday with a further 46 services to be axed on Sunday, Jetstar said on its website.

The airline said passengers affected had been notified on Wednesday, and that it expected to get 95 percent of its customers into the air on the same day as their cancelled flight was scheduled.

'Any customers travelling from 13 December to 20 December can also request a full refund prior to flying,' the airline said on its website.

Jetstar cancels close to 100 flights this weekend

  Jetstar cancels close to 100 flights this weekend Jetstar says it will cancel close to 100 flight this weekend as pilots prepare to strike. Jetstar says it will cancel close to 100 flight this weeken The airline says it expects 80 percent of its flight to operate as scheduled by consolidating services, moving flights onto bigger planes, re-timing flights and using supplementary services from Qantas and QantasLink, however it will cancel some services to mitigate delays."Overall, Jetstar will cancel 44 services on Saturday 14 December and 46 services on Sunday 15 December and Jetstar will contact impacted customers from today.

Jetstar will cancel close to 100 flights this weekend . Picture: Luke MarsdenSource:Supplied. The three days of strikes – which fall less than two weeks out from Christmas – come after the budget airline rejected workers ’ demands for pay increases, minimum hours on the job and safety improvements.

Jetstar has cancelled 90 weekend flights and rescheduled others in preparation for a pilot strike set to start on Saturday morning. About 5 per cent of passengers due to fly on the weekend will not be able to travel on the day of their booking because of the pilot strike, while most passengers flying on

On Friday, baggage handlers and ground staff went on strike at different times in Sydney, at Melbourne's Tullamarine and Avalon airports, and in Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide.

a store inside of a building: Ninety Jetstar flights have been cancelled this weekend and the check-in queues vacant as industrial action bit into holiday plans. Jetstar said it expected to get 95 percent of customers on their way the same day as their original flight despite the rolling strike© Provided by Daily Mail Ninety Jetstar flights have been cancelled this weekend and the check-in queues vacant as industrial action bit into holiday plans. Jetstar said it expected to get 95 percent of customers on their way the same day as their original flight despite the rolling strike

On Saturday, pilots halted planes for hours at a time.

The protest came after the budget airline rejected workers' demands for pay increases, minimum hours on the job and safety improvements.

Negotiations between the airline and the Transport Workers Union broke down after nearly a year, with Jetstar warning it wasn't prepared to alter its position, rejecting demands for more rest breaks, a guaranteed 12-hour gap between shifts and a guaranteed 30 hours a week.

Jetstar's full list of cancelled flights revealed

  Jetstar's full list of cancelled flights revealed Jetstar has issued its full list of cancelled flights for the weekend as industrial action disrupts travel in the coming week. Close to 100 flights have been cancelled for tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday."If your fight is affected we will contact you directly via SMS and email as soon as we know so please make sure your contact details are up to date," the airline said in a statement.Customers who have flights cancelled will be issued a link to choose a new flight without having to contact Jetstar. © Jetstar Jetstar has cancelled dozens of flights over the weekend.

Around 100 flights have been cancelled as Jetstar pilots walk off the job this weekend and more Jetstar wage dispute remains 'up in the air' as Christmas nears. Jetstar workers have gone on Jetstar has cancelled 100 flights due to industrial action and workers plan another strike just six

Jetstar staff will walk off the job TOMORROW - throwing airports around Australia into chaos Pilots, baggage handlers and ground crew staff are going on strike this weekend More than 100 flights will be cancelled in airports across Australia over weekend

'The airline has cut its staffing levels right back to the bone meaning workers are constantly under pressure,' Transport Workers Union national secretary Michael Kaine said in a statement.

The union says Jetstar makes $4 billion in revenue, while workers are forced onto insecure low-paid work.

Jetstar said that prices for customers must increase if the union pay demands succeeded.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a tarmac at an airport: A Jetstar flight at a gate terminal at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning. The airline said on Wednesday it expected 80 percent of its flights to operate as scheduled© Provided by Daily Mail A Jetstar flight at a gate terminal at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning. The airline said on Wednesday it expected 80 percent of its flights to operate as scheduled a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Baggage handlers walked off the job on Friday as part of the rolling strike action. Jetstar says if it accepts an effective 15 percent pay rise it would have to increase its low-cost airfares© Provided by Daily Mail Baggage handlers walked off the job on Friday as part of the rolling strike action. Jetstar says if it accepts an effective 15 percent pay rise it would have to increase its low-cost airfares

'The union's demands would put significant pressure on the low fares our customers rely on and force us to review our investments,' Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said.

'If we accept an effective 15 per cent net increase in pay that the union is demanding, there will be significant upward pressure on the low fares our customers rely on.'

Jetstar faces first day of strike weekend

  Jetstar faces first day of strike weekend Jetstar will see its baggage handlers and ground crew strike on Friday while pilots will down controls for four hours on Saturday and Sunday.Jetstar ground staff will walk off the job at different times on Friday in Sydney, at Melbourne's Tullamarine and Avalon airports and in Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide.

"British Airways flights from Heathrow Terminal 5 will depart with hand baggage only due to problems associated We had a 50-minute flight from Frankfurt and then we had a 90 -minute wait. The 34 cancelled flights represented almost 10% of the total due to fly in and out of the terminal yesterday

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Safety concerns have also been central to the long-running industrial dispute.

Jetstar's Sydney ground crew risked being crushed by aircraft or sucked into plane engines, a government safety authority said in November.

SafeWork NSW slapped Jetstar with an improvement notice on Thursday evening as crew prepared to walk off the job on Friday.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Jetstar workers voted to continue strike action on Friday after the airline rejected demands for more rest breaks, a guaranteed 12-hour gap between shifts and a guaranteed 30 hours a week© Provided by Daily Mail Jetstar workers voted to continue strike action on Friday after the airline rejected demands for more rest breaks, a guaranteed 12-hour gap between shifts and a guaranteed 30 hours a week

The November notice issued to the airline by the industrial safety watchdog last month said 'frequent' machinery malfunctions during ground operations put staff at risk.

'Ground crews are at risk to health and safety from serious injury such as being crushed, ingested or other, when working around operational aircraft,' the notice seen by AAP states.

The risks stemmed from the failure of the airline to put appropriate numbers of ground crew and supervisors to each aircraft, and to ensure ground crew completed all tasks before moving on to another plane.

The notice issued by SafeWork NSW in November and seen by AAP said malfunctions in an aircraft tug used to move planes on the ground put staff at risk of colliding with rotating engine fans.

'Workers may be at risk to health and safety during aircraft ground operations from collision with moving aircraft and rotating engine compressor fans during aircraft push backs due to the frequent and inadvertent malfunctions and breakdowns of the Schopf 'Power Push Unit',' the notice said.

Jetstar cancels 10% of its January flights over strikes as airline staff walk out in protest over pay and safety concerns .
It comes as more than 100 flights were cancelled over the weekend after staff walked out over pay and working conditions. Ground crew represented by the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots started industrial action on Friday and continued over the weekend.© Provided by Daily Mail Strike action is set to continue with the possibility of disruptions to flights over the Christmas holidays On Monday Jetstar announced it is proactively adjusting its January flight schedule to give passengers as much notice as possible, with the prospect of continued industrial action.

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