Rex Regional Express pilots vote to take industrial action after pay negotiations fail

Regional Express Airlines (Rex) pilots have voted to take industrial action over a pay dispute that would have an effect on passengers from Carnarvon to Coffs Harbour and Coober Pedy.

In the previous week, 230 of Rex’s SAAB-340 pilots took half in an online poll to decide the extent of action towards their employer.

That poll concluded in the present day.

More than 90 per cent of the regional provider’s union member pilots who participated within the vote determined to take action. 

In response to the choice, Rex mentioned it had “put in place mitigating measures to guarantee our providers function usually.”

It adopted a breakdown in pay negotiations, throughout which the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) claimed it had acquired a deal that was “worse than earlier provides”.

That was refuted by a spokesperson for the regional provider, who labelled the choice to knock again the pay deal as “past perception”.

The Rex spokesperson mentioned it supplied the pilots a 5 per cent pay improve now, and a further 8 per cent when the corporate grew to become worthwhile.

Carrier and union ‘aligned’

AFAP confirmed they are going to begin taking protected industrial action with three preliminary work actions, efficient from Tuesday June 28. 

This contains not carrying some, or all, of the uniform. 

“In addition to action in regards to the carrying of uniforms, pilots will undertake a ban on loading additional gas prior to flights, the place the first goal for loading the additional gas is to negate the necessity to refuel on the vacation spot airport,” an AFAP spokesperson mentioned.

More than 95 per cent of pilots voted to ban working without at the very least 10 hours break between shifts whereas away from their house base, and 12 hours when at their house airport. 

A rex Saab-340 aircraft on the tarmac.
Rex says it’s particularly eager not to have any flight disruptions through the faculty holidays.(ABC News)

The Rex spokesperson mentioned it was working in the direction of the identical aim as AFAP. 

“The union and the corporate are aligned in our want to not have the travelling public impacted,” the spokesperson mentioned.

“Especially not through the faculty holidays when airports expect large delays.” 

Expect ‘minor modifications’ 

The Fair Work Commission has authorised eight totally different industrial actions, all of which had been authorised by a least a 90 per cent majority of union members.

For regional prospects fearful they could be impacted, legislation dictates that the AFAP and pilots should present Rex Regional Express with 5 days discover of any possible strike action.

The Rex spokesperson mentioned passengers may count on “minor modifications to our service delivery”, together with the potential for four-hour work strikes. 

There is not any date set for when pilots may stroll off the job.

Posted , up to date 

READ ALSO  Traditional custodians undeterred as application to stop urea plant near ancient rock art in WA's Pilbara region is rejected

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: