Jetstar has issued a response to strike action by the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) saying it is “deeply disappointing” that the AFAP is threatening this action around the holiday season.
The AFAP is demanding the equivalent of a 15 per cent pay increase in the first year.
Jetstar has said that the union’s demands would put significant pressure on the low fares our customers rely on and force us to review its investment in new aircraft, new technology and new destinations.
A statement from Jetstar said: “Our captains earn on average over $300,000 a year and we are offering a 3% annual increase.
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“This is 40% above Australia’s annual wage growth and consistent with our position across the Qantas and Jetstar Groups.
“We remain committed to reaching a new agreement to support the great work our pilots do every day, but not any cost.
“Strong arm tactics from the AFAP will not change our position on this.
“We will do everything we can to protect the travel plans of our customers and minimise the disruption to their journeys.
“However, customers may face delays and cancelled flights if the union choose to take industrial action.”
Jetstar says it is important to note that less than half its total ground crew voted to take action, and that it also offered this work group a 3% annual wage increase.