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28 May 2012

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s announcement today, that it is prosecuting Jetstar for underpaying Thai cabin crew on Australian domestic routes, once again illustrates the dangerous and worrying culture of workplace management at the budget airline, the Australian and International Pilots Association said today.

The FWO’s action, which is listed for a directions hearing on August 17, is, extraordinarily, the second prosecution brought against Jetstar since last month.

AIPA President Captain Barry Jackson said pilots and staff had long been aware of the dodgy management culture at...

3 April 2012

The Australian and International Pilots Association welcomes the news that the Fair Work Ombudsman is commencing legal action against Jetstar for allegedly contravening workplace laws. The action comes after AIPA lodged a complaint against Jetstar last year, referring the matter to the FWO complex investigations unit.

The complaint relates to Australian pilot cadets who were sent by the company across the Tasman to open New Zealand bank accounts and apply for New Zealand tax file numbers. The cadets signed contracts to be paid in New Zealand dollars.

By establishing the...

28 February 2012

New national polling figures confirm what most had already predicted, that the actions of Qantas management in 2011 have badly battered the standing of the Flying Kangaroo.

The weekly Essential Report shows that in response to the question: ‘Compared to 12 months ago, how do you feel about Qantas: more positive, more negative or about the same?’ 41 per cent of Australians feel more negative against just 11 per cent who feel more positive.

When...

16 February 2012

Qantas’s announcement this morning, an 83 per cent fall in net profit, is a disappointment that could have been avoided had management decided to engage constructively with staff instead of deploying an aggressive approach of brinkmanship, the Australian and International Pilots Association said today.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce declared industrial action cost the company $194 million in the half year to December, although the figure fails to take into consideration the huge cost of brand damage sustained.

AIPA Vice President Captain Richard Woodward said it was saddening to...

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