Jetstar AWAs show new IR system is unfair, says ACTU

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Jetstar AWAs show new IR system is unfair, says ACTU

The ACTU is highlighting the move by Jetstar to put new cabin staff for its international service on AWAs as an example of 'the real unfairness of the Federal Government's new IR laws'.

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The ACTU is highlighting the move by Jetstar to put new cabin staff for its international service on AWAs as an example of 'the real unfairness of the Federal Government's new IR laws'.

ACTU President Sharan Burrow said that under the AWAs workers will be paid between $2,600 and $8,200 a year (or up to $160 a week) less than other Australian cabin crews on international flights.

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'Yet just last week Jetstar owner Qantas revealed it will increase entitlements for its two top executives by $12.2 million,' Burrow said. 'Reduced allowances will also mean that the incomes of many workers on the AWA individual contracts will be lower by considerably more than this amount. The AWAs also provide for a major potential increase in working hours for cabin crew.'

Less pay

Burrow said that the new Jetstar AWA individual contracts mean less pay for workers and 'that is ultimately what the Government's new IR laws are all about'.

'Unions are also concerned that the AWAs will allow Jetstar to reduce staffing levels on its international flights below existing standards,' she said.

'If this is the case then what these AWA individual contracts will mean, is not just lower pay for workers but also fewer jobs than would be the case under a properly negotiated collective bargaining agreement, in which minimum cabin staffing levels are specified to ensure safety and service standards are maintained.

'So it's not just Jetstar staff who will be worse off under this AWA, it may also be Jetstar passengers.'

Compensate

Jetstar have claimed that that an employee bonus scheme based on selling items in-flight will compensate cabin crew for cuts in their base rate of pay and allowances.

'With a $10,000 a year pay cut for cabin crew - that's a lot of $3 headsets and passenger blankets to sell,' Burrow said.

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