Australia Jetstar workers hold all-day strike, flights axed
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.
Hundreds of today in a dispute over wages and hours.
The budget airline hasin 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".
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 slast December.
Coronavirus slugs $150 million hole in Qantas' bottom line .
Despite making a first-half profit of $445 million, Qantas has reported dire effects of the deepening coronavirus crisis.The coronavirus outbreak in the second half has added to Qantas' woes and is expected to cut $100 million to 150 million off its bottom line.
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