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Tigerair Australia pilots strike as pay dispute drags on

Tigerair Australia pilots stopped work for four hours on 25 January over their ongoing pay dispute with the airline, with more industrial action to continue over the next few days.

The strike took place between 05:00-09:00, Australian Eastern time, affecting around 15 flights that were rescheduled by the carrier. Some passengers were also accommodated on flights by Tigerair Australia’s parent company, Virgin Australia.

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots represents around 75% of the carrier’s pilots, and has been negotiating for over two years with the airline on a new pay agreement.

The union tells FlightGlobal that it “continues to be in conversation with the company”, but is planning further action over the Australia Day long weekend of 26-28 January.

During that time, pilots will refuse to fly aircraft with minor defects, which could lead to flight delays and cancellations across its network.

Tigerair Australia operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A320s and four Boeing 737-800s to 12 destinations within Australia.

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