November 27, 2019

Jetstar strike action

TWU members voted with a huge 94% to take protected industrial action.

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. After several meetings, Jetstar has refused almost all of the basic claims put forward by workers, such as guaranteed hours, better pay, and minimum 12 hour breaks between shifts. Jetstar has also not put forward any of their own company claims. With negotiations at a stalemate, workers have no choice but to take action.

At the same time, Jetstar workers have raised safety concerns that put workers and the public at risk, such as understaffing, faulty equipment and a lack of experienced, trained staff on each shift.

Send a message of support to Jetstar workers using the form on this page or share a solidarity photo on social media using #jetstarsolidarity


Unfortunately these workplace issues are not limited to Jetstar, with workers across the whole aviation industry struggling on low pay, minimal hours and insecure work. That’s why workers are coming together across sectors and companies to hold airports to account for labour standards and conditions in aviation. Click here to read more about the campaign for Safe & Secure Skies.


Updates for Jetstar workers

If you work at Jetstar, keep an eye on this page for updates.


The claim on airports

Many of the concerns raised by Jetstar workers are consistent with those experienced by airport workers right across Australia, no matter the company they work for.

Airports sit at the top of aviation supply chains and exercise a great deal of direct and indirect influence and control over the entire industry. They have an obligation to ensure decent labour standards and conditions. That’s why workers around Australia are standing together and fighting for fair standards for all aviation workers. This means:

Safe Supply Chains

  • Airport corporations are responsible for this crisis and must act to stop the race to the bottom in the aviation industry

Same Job Same Pay

  • All aviation workers who do the same job should receive the same pay and conditions
  • Tendering for work and airport contracts should not undermine aviation workers’ wages and conditions
  • The race to the bottom must stop

Secure Jobs 

All aviation workers should have access to:

  • Regular hours
  • Permanent jobs
  • Maximum opportunity to full-time jobs

Safe Jobs

All aviation workers should:

  • Be represented by democratically elected Health & Safety Representatives
  • Receive proper training in order to ensure they can safely perform their duties and return home from work each day injury free
  • Have a collective voice and be treated with respect

Find out more about how aviation workers are coming together to fight for safety and fairness at airports and in the skies:

Click here for the media coverage of the second Jetstar workers strike on December 19.

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