Tigerair Australia in talks to avert industrial action

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Tigerair Australia and its pilots’ union are continuing talks aimed at averting possible industrial action planned to start on 7 February that threatens to disrupt the airline’s operations.

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) has notified the airline that it plans to take protected industrial action from 7 February unless it can reach agreement with it on rostering arrangements for its pilots before then.

AFAP’s executive director Simon Lutton tells Flightglobal that pilots are seeking protections for their rosters, which have previously been subject to last minute changes by the company without negotiation.

He adds that the negotiations are “continuing in good faith” and have made significant headway in recent days, but the union is still planning to take industrial action at this stage.

While the pilots are not planning to strike or hold stop-work meetings, they would not take calls from the airline outside of their rostered hours. Lutton says that this may cause “significant disruption” to its operations.

Tigerair says in a statement that it is continuing the negotiations and it is “committed to reaching a reasonable outcome that ensures fair pay and conditions and allows the airline to maintain its competitiveness in the domestic market.”

Tigerair Australia is 60% owned by Virgin Australia, which acquired the stake in July 2013 from Singapore’s Tiger Airways Holdings. Flightglobal data shows that it has a fleet of 12 Airbus A320s in service, with a further seven on order.