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Pilots set for showdown with Jetstar

written by WOFA | August 24, 2010
photo - Seth Jaworski

Jetstar is on a collision course with its pilots group over plans to offshore some of its flying operations, with a meeting of pilots in Sydney on August 23 passing a no confidence motion against CEO Bruce Buchanan and also backing a go-slow and other action against the airline.

The vote of no confidence was made at a meeting organised by the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) which also was attended by Qantas and Virgin Blue pilots to address recent changes to Flight Standing Orders at Jetstar. AIPA says that the changes threatens the conditions of all Australian pilots by allowing the airline to employ pilots from overseas on conditions that are lower than the airline’s current enterprise bargaining agreement. The pilots are also opposed to plans to base more aircraft in Singapore as part of the airline’s long haul expansion.

A resolution was also passed which called for Jetstar management to negotiate a new agreement which would cover “the entire Jetstar pilot group negotiating their terms and conditions on an international collective basis, regardless of where they operate from in all current and planned Jetstar bases throughout the world.”

According to some reports, Jetstar pilots are looking at taking some industrial action over the next month. Some pilots are expected to initiate go-slows to disrupt the airline’s schedule, while pilots may also refuse to do overtime or be called out on their days off.


  • Aye Ess


    Just a reminder that today is 21 years since the big pilot’s dispute,funnily enough about pay & conditions.

  • joe Oehm


    This has nothing to do with increasing pay and improving conditions like the 89 fiasco, but merely honouring the current EBA which was negotiated in 2007 (EBA 2008). An EBA which Alan Joyce (the then CEO of Jetstar) clearly explained the full intention of in a memo to the pilots. The memo outlined the success of the agreement and how it would provide Jetstar the flexibilty to expand globally. The pilots, in return would receive career progression and job security under this EBA.

    The memo took into account massive aircraft orders of A320 and B787’s

    The current CEO and senior management, regardless of this refuses to acknowledge this agreement. The offshoring of A330 and future B787 positions is a direct consequence of this.

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