Jetstar boss doesnt fly with pilots

first_imgAlmost 400 pilots have issued a “no confidence” vote in Jetstar Group boss Bruce Buchanan following Jetstar’s proposed planned employment changes.Just weeks after Mr Buchanan was promoted to Group Chief Executive in line with the company’s strategy to expand its Asia region operations, about 400 disgruntled pilots packed Sydney’s Wolli Creek Rowers Club in protest, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.Angry that Jetstar’s expansion into Asia would see Singapore and Vietnam-based pilots transferred to Australia and paid only award rates, the pilots passed a unanimous motion declaring the move “an offensive attempt by Jetstar management…to pit pilots against each other to secure their careers”, the newspaper reported.Pilots also declared that they “no longer have confidence Bruce Buchanan as the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Jetstar group”.The meeting saw predominantly Jetstar and Qantas pilots encouraged to “not to do the airline any favours” during September.According to the newspaper’s source Australian and International Pilots Association officials advised pilots against illegal industrial action, but to “do what they could within the law”, including refusing to show up early for pre-flight planning, likely to result in flight delays.Further action considered would see pilots refusing to work outside scheduled hours and not taking on more than a minimum load of fuel, meaning flight diversions should in-flight delays occur.”We don’t want to do anything that will cause delays to passengers,” a Jetstar pilot told the newspaper.”But we do want Jetstar and Qantas to stop undermining our wages and conditions and opportunities to progress through the company by putting pilots into shelf companies where our Enterprise Bargaining Agreement doesn’t apply.”Jetstar’s head of corporate relations, Simon Westaway told the Sydney Morning Herald rumours of a go-slow by Jetstar pilots have been in circulation for some time, but the airline’s on-time performance figures did not reflect pilot action on this front.”We’ve got a good, tight airline that is committed to the best service delivery to customers,” Mr Westaway said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img

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