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Australia Jetstar workers hold all-day strike, flights axed

22:53  18 february  2020
22:53  18 february  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

Jetstar set for mass flight cancellations as workers launch 24 hour strike

  Jetstar set for mass flight cancellations as workers launch 24 hour strike Jetstar baggage handlers and ground crew are set to walk off the job for 24 hours next week in a dramatic escalation to their industrial dispute.The Transport Workers Union said on Friday morning its members would hold a protected 24-hour strike at Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide airports on Wednesday, February 19.

a group of people holding a sign: Forty eight domestic Jetstar flights have been cancelled today as the airline's airport workers hold a 24-hour strike.© Nine Forty eight domestic Jetstar flights have been cancelled today as the airline's airport workers hold a 24-hour strike. Hundreds of Jetstar workers are holding a 24-hour strike today in a dispute over wages and hours.

The budget airline has cancelled 48 domestic flights in anticipation of the industrial action by 250 baggage handlers and ground crew.

Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide airports have been affected by the action.

Passengers have either been put on alternative Qantas flights or offered a refund.

Most people on impacted services are set to travel within a few hours of their original departure time.

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The Transport Workers Union (TWU) accused the budget airline of proposing an agreement "designed to keep Jetstar workers impoverished".

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a tarmac at an airport: Affected Jetstar passengers have been moved to alternative flights, while the airline says most people on impacted services are set to travel within a few hours.© AAP Affected Jetstar passengers have been moved to alternative flights, while the airline says most people on impacted services are set to travel within a few hours. The union is demanding more rest breaks, a guaranteed 12-hour break between shifts, a guaranteed 30 hours of work a week and annual wage increases of four per cent.

Jetstar is offering a three per cent rise, which is in line with the Qantas Group but that has been rejected by the union.

Jetstar chief executive Gareth Evans last week criticised the TWU for deciding to "disrupt tourism and aviation at a time when the tourism industry and the economy as a whole - small business, tourism-related businesses, small towns - are doing it very, very tough".

But the union has accused the airline of proposing an agreement "designed to keep Jetstar workers impoverished"

Today's strike follows similar industrial action last December.

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