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Tigerair Australia pilots to take industrial action

Tigerair Australia flights may face disruption from 4-6 May as pilots take industrial action to resolve a deadlock over a pay dispute.

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots says that the airline’s technical crew will not resort to strikes, but flights may be cancelled or delayed as they work only to their published rosters, and refuse to operate aircraft that have had all allowable minor defects rectified during the weekend of the action.

It adds that if a “reasonable offer” is made by the carrier to its pilot group during talks scheduled to end on 2 May that it may withdraw the actions.

“Tigerair pilots fly the same aircraft as their counterparts at Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas, however this is not reflected in their employment conditions,” says AFAP executive director Simon Lutton.

“The current agreement is well below industry standards, both in terms of pay and work-life balance. Tigerair pilots are simply looking for a fair deal.”

The airline says that it will take steps to mitigate any potential disruption, including re-accommodating passengers on alternative Tigerair or Virgin Australia services.

“Tigerair continues to negotiate in good faith and looks forward to reaching a mutually beneficial outcome as soon as possible,” it adds.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the budget carrier, which is a subsidiary of Virgin Australia, operates a fleet of 12 Airbus A320s and three Boeing 737-800s.

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