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Australia TigerAir pilots to lose jobs within days

08:10  31 march  2020
08:10  31 march  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Tigerair Australia pilots have commenced protected industrial action tomorrow, which their union says could result in UPDATED 1200 Friday with Tigerair comment – Ed. Tigerair Australia pilots have commenced protected industrial action How many will lose their jobs altogether, is the real question.

Tigerair pilots are set to strike on Friday morning, causing delays for hundreds of passengers, after Tigerair will not operate any flights during the strike, and said that it had moved affected passengers on to Virgin flights or later Tigerair flights, all within two to four hours of their original flight time.

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All Tigerair pilots will lose their jobs weeks earlier than expected, following the grounding of the budget airline's entire fleet.

Virgin Australia, which owns the domestic carrier, has brought forward the redundancy dates of all Tigerair pilots from the end of April to this Friday, the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) said in a statement.

The pilots had been told by Virgin Australia that it would not be using the government's wage subsidy scheme, where $1500 per fortnight is paid to businesses to keep workers employed, the union said.

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Tigerair pilots are simply looking for a fair deal.” Mr Lutton said the union decided against work stoppages, and notified Tigerair last Friday of its intention to take industrial action - four days earlier than Tigerair pilots ' representatives say they deserve pay and conditions as good as Jetstar offers.

"It is disappointing that while Virgin is trying to reassure the travelling public that it will maintain a low-cost carrier, it is laying off all of Tigerair's pilots at the same time," AFAP industrial legal officer James Lauchland said.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: As of early April 2020, all 220 TigerAir pilots will lose their jobs as a result of the budget domestic carrier's entire fleet being grounded as a result of travel bans from the coronavirus pandemic. © AAP As of early April 2020, all 220 TigerAir pilots will lose their jobs as a result of the budget domestic carrier's entire fleet being grounded as a result of travel bans from the coronavirus pandemic.

Virgin Australia stood down 8000 of its 10,000 workers last Wednesday after slashing domestic flight capacity by 90 per cent.

Chief executive Paul Scurrah has said more than 1000 of those workers would lose their jobs permanently.

Rival airline Qantas has also stood down 20,000 of its 30,000 employees.

Mr Launchland said Tigerair's pilots had been hopeful they would be included among the airline employees being temporarily stood down, rather than permanently sacked.

"As recently as last Tuesday, Tigerair pilots were in discussions with the company about a stand down arrangement similar to their counterparts at other airlines, in order to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 situation," he said.

"Things then changed abruptly and instead pilots were told they would no longer be required at all."

Nine.com.au has contacted Virgin Australia for comment.

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