Flights Disrupted Across Australia as Jetstar Staff Strike for 24 Hours Over Working Conditions

Almost 50 Australian domestic flights were cancelled as Jetstar staff went on a 24-hour strike on February 19 over working conditions.

Jetstar offered refunds for any domestic flights that were scheduled to depart on February 19.

“To minimise the disruption caused by the TWU action, it has been necessary to proactively cancel some of our domestic flights in Australia,” Jetstar said in an online post.

Strikes were due to take place in airports across Australia over an enterprise bargaining deal rejected by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). The union claims the deal is worse than the deal currently in place.

“While Jetstar makes $4 billion in revenue, workers are forced onto part-time, insecure work leaving some struggling on as low as $429 a week,” the TWU said in an online post about the strike.

After eight months, Jetstar is still refusing workers’ reasonable claims such as more hours, stable rosters, and job security for employees rather than bringing in untrained, exploited labour hire."

Jetstar staff went on strike in December 2019 over the same deal. Credit: AMWUnionActive via Storyful