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‘Nowhere to be seen’: Jetstar refuses to negotiate as strikes throw flights into chaos

Workers are pleading for Jetstar to come to the table over negotiations as ground crew and baggage-handlers walk off the job for better pay and conditions.

The budget carrier has cancelled 28 domestic flights as Transport Workers’ Union members carry out two-hour stoppages at major airports.

The union is calling for a four per cent wage increase, more rest breaks and 12-hour breaks between shifts.

But Jetstar says this would threaten its ability to sell cheap flights.

The strikes follow a stand-off with Jetstar pilots over the weekend.

National Secretary Transport Workers’ Union Michael Kaine tells John Stanley they want to negotiate with Jetstar.

“We’ve got workers working 12 hours in this physically demanding job having only two 20 minute breaks in that 12 hours.

“Most of them are on 20-hour a week arrangements and that means they find it really hard to get finance and support their families.

“All we really want is Jetstar to come to the table but they’re nowhere to be seen.”

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