AFAP expands Qantas strike to 19 February

(PHOTO: QantasLink)

Singapore SA2024Members of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) flying for fully-owned Qantas subsidiary Network Aviation have added a further three days to their protected industrial action and will now stop work for six consecutive days from Wednesday 14 February to Monday 19 February.

“Qantas management has angered our Network members by walking away from negotiations and, last week, taking previously agreed items off the bargaining table,” said AFAP Senior Industrial Officer Chris Aikens.

Members of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) make up 90% of the more than 250 pilots employed by Network Aviation and are eligible to take part in this lawful protected industrial action approved by the Fair Work Commission last year. These pilots fly jet aircraft for QantasLink (passenger transport) and Network Aviation (charter contracts).

“Qantas can readily resolve this by recognising that Network pilots are only seeking to achieve terms and conditions of employment that are commonplace amongst the Qantas pilots and the airline industry overall,” said Aikens.

The seven terms and conditions that the pilots have put to the company include:

  • Two-hour (not 90 minutes) sign-on from reserve, as is common in the industry and in compliance with the Air Pilots Award 2020
  • 6:00am (not 4:00am) start after a day off as for pilots at other Qantas/QantasLink operations and in compliance with the Air Pilots Award 2020
  • Duty travel in a Business class seat (where available) to improve the opportunity for rest and Fatigue Management
  • Same Duty Hours Allowance as for pilots at other Qantas/QantasLink operations
  • Overtime increased using the same formula as for pilots at other Qantas/QantasLink operations
  • Ten Rostered Days Off as for pilots at other Qantas/QantasLink operations
  • Revised rostering appendix providing better rostering rules

“We are dealing with an employer who steadfastly refuses to provide terms and conditions of employment enjoyed by other Qantas Group pilots across the country to Network pilots in WA,” Aikens said. “We are seeing Qantas at its worst showing total disdain for its pilots and the travelling public. Our members deeply regret having to take this protected industrial action but are left with no other option. The enterprise agreement expired in 2020 and pilots had their last pay rise in 2019. To be clear, the company’s much-touted offer of a 25% pay increase would not be applied to all the pilots. It would simply bring the lowest paid among the pilot group up to the Air Pilots Award, which is just the legal minimum standard. We have been negotiating in good faith for at least 18 months but the company continues to be inflexible. We remain keen and willing to meet with the company’s management to arrive at some improvements in terms and conditions for the lowest paid jet pilots in the Qantas Group. Network Aviation pilots in Western Australia fly the same aircraft on similar routes and just want to be treated like other Qantas pilots.”


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