AFAP plans more strike action at Qantas

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MRO DubaiThe Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) has advised Qantas of further industrial action in Western Australia and said they will go on strike on 14 and 15 February.

Australian Federation of Air Pilots members, who make up 90% of the pilot group flying for Network Aviation (charter contracts) and QantasLink (passenger transport), met last week and decided to take this further protected industrial action.

“Our members deeply regret having to take this protected industrial action but are left with no other option,” AFAP Senior Industrial Officer Chris Aikens said previously. “The enterprise agreement expired in 2020 and pilots had their last pay rise in 2019. 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.”

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

“Network Aviation pilots in Western Australia fly the same aircraft on similar routes and just want to be treated like other Qantas pilots,” the AFAP said previously.

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