JQ staff strike baggage fees

first_imgAs part of the carrier’s staffs first ever industrial action, check-in staff in major airports will waive excess baggage fees this Friday.The ‘No Weight Day’ commencing at 3.30am Friday 14 October and ending 3.30am Saturday 15 October was organised by the Australian Services Union (ASU) and will see customers able to pack freely when travelling with the carrier through Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Cairns, Brisbane and Gold Coast airports.According to the Group’s assistant national secretary Linda White, strikes are a final option at reaching a new workplace agreement.”They are not interested in listening to workers’ reasonable requests for a fair pay rise,” Ms White explained “Rather, they are looking to push wages and conditions in the industry to new depths.“ Our members just want Jetstar to value their work.”The union said Jetstar currently charges a flat $80 for passengers with baggage that exceeds the weight limit on their fare.‘No Weight Day’ is expected to cost the carrier up to $50,000 which Ms White said could have management “start seriously negotiating with their workers”.”We are happy to say that this will have no negative impact on passengers, in fact it will be a bonus.”This is the most recent in a continuously growing line of strikes the Qantas Group has faced over the past two months.The carrier has had issues with its engineer and transport unions, with the Group’s requesting pay rises that could slump Qantas’ competitive edge, according to group executive Olivia Wirth.The carrier announced today it was forced to cancel two international flights and 14 domestic as well as delay 35 others as Transport Workers Union members walk off the job tomorrow. Hoping to minimise disruptions, Qantas said it would utilise larger aircraft to accommodate passengers and deploy management staff in operational roles. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img