Jetstar Pilots Might Go On Strike, And It Could Ruin Your Summer Holiday

Jetstar and the Australian Federation of Pilots are set to meet on Friday before a union vote decides if pilots go ahead with Christmas strike plans.

The Fair Work Commission authorised the pilots union last week to hold a ballot vote to determine whether to move further with their claims.

The union vote does not have a date set yet, which could place the strike during one of the busiest times for airlines.

The ballot vote will decide on a number of different actions ranging from deciding not to work overtime, refusing to follow standard fuel-saving procedures, or stopping work for up to 24 hours.

Under the current enterprise agreement, Jetstar pilots have been receiving three per cent wage increases each year, as well as other benefits and allowances, the company reported.

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The Australian Federation of Air Pilots asked for a pilot cost raise that was closer to a 15 per cent.

Both pilots and the company claimed to remain committed to a mutually-agreed resolution.

Pay negotiations broke down after nearly a year, with Jetstar highlighting that future actions from the union would not change its position.