Pilot stoush continues further affecting FIFO workers 

Pilots flying for Qantas (ASX:QAN) subsidiary Network Aviation and QantasLink in Western Australia have locked in another two consecutive 24-hour stoppages for 14 and 15 March 2024. 

According to the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP), which is spearheading the ongoing protected industrial action, the additional days of industrial action will coincide with hearing dates at the Fair Work Commission to determine whether bargaining has become intractable or not.

The upcoming days of stoppages follow  previous stoppages on 4 and 8 March, respectively. 

A pilot support fund has received contributions from AFAP members and others across the country to support fellow pilots in need during this period of ongoing industrial action, with many of the pilots falling below the Air Pilots Award. 

A 25% pay increase cited as being an offer would simply serve to bring the lowest-paid pilots in this group up to the rates in the Air Pilots Award, which the Fair Work Commission considers to be the bare legal minimum. 

The AFAP represents more than 90% of the commercial pilots employed by Network Aviation to fly both passenger transport (QantasLink), and fly in, fly out (FIFO) and private charter aircraft (Network Aviation) in Western Australia. 

The pilot group is negotiating a new enterprise agreement to replace the Network Aviation Pilots Enterprise Agreement 2016 that expired on 31 October 2020. 

With more than 5,500 members, the AFAP is the professional association and industrial organisation for commercial pilots in Australia flying domestically and internationally. 

Write to Adam Drought at Mining.com.au

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Born and raised in the UK, Adam is a sports fanatic with an interest in Rugby League and UFC/MMA. When not training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Adam attends Griffith University where he is completing his final year of a Communication & Journalism degree.