Nearly 50 Jetstar Flights Cancelled As Workers Walk Off The Job
Jetstar has cancelled 48 flights in the wake of mass protests of its workers on Wednesday, who are striking over a lack of work and alleged unsafe conditions.
A Jetstar spokesman on Tuesday said the airline has cancelled 48 services and moved customers to alternative flights, with most people on impacted services set to travel within a few hours of their original departure time and all on the same day.
"To achieve this we have consolidated some services and moved other customers to Qantas flights where necessary," the spokesman told AAP.
The strike comes after a report showed 80 percent of Jetstar employees have been injured on the job.
The report adds that many workers have experienced low pay, a lack of hours and unsafe conditions that have caused stress, marriage breakdown, financial hardship, horrific injuries and near-death incidents.
The 24-hour strike is taking place after talks between workers and Jetstar failed to reach a resolution.
One worker complained that they were almost killed when he was crushed between two baggage containers.
“There are many, many more incidents [and] accidents that have happened and continue to happen," the worker said in a statement released by the Transport Workers Union on Wednesday.
Another worker complained of the intense roster due to understaffing pushing workers to the limit.
“I have to work seven days a week just to get 38 hours a week. I work around 340 days a year just to support my family. I have a wife and a son which I barely see because of the six-day, 30-hour roster.”
A statement from the Transport Workers Union claimed Jetstar workers are the lowest paid in the Qantas Group and were forced to take an 18 month pay freeze when the company experienced financial difficulties in 2014.
10daily has contacted Jetstar for comment.
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