Jetstar passengers cop delays

Jetstar says it won’t be influenced by “standover tactics” as ground crew and baggage-handlers prepare to walk off the job amid a stand-off between the airline and unions..

The TWU says workers are facing “poverty wages” and insecure, irregular hours. It is calling for a 4 per cent wage increase and conditions including more rest breaks, a guaranteed 12-hour break between shifts and a minimum of 30 hours of work each week.

However, Jetstar boss Gareth Evans has said the TWU’s claims equate to a 12 per cent increase in ground crew labour costs, which threatened its ability to sell cheap airfares and was out of step with the Qantas-wide policy of capping wage deals at 3 per cent.

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