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Jetstar workers hold all-day strike, flights axed

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Hundreds of Jetstar workers are holding a 24-hour strike today in a dispute over wages and hours.

Hundreds of Jetstar workers are holding a 24-hour strike today in a dispute over wages and hours.

The budget airline has cancelled 48 domestic flights in anticipation of the industrial action by 250 baggage handlers and ground crew.

Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide airports are affected by the action.

Passengers have either been put on alternative Qantas flights or offered a refund.

Most people on impacted services are set to travel within a few hours of their original departure time.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) accused the budget airline of proposing an agreement "designed to keep Jetstar workers impoverished".

The union is demanding more rest breaks, a guaranteed 12-hour break between shifts, a guaranteed 30 hours of work a week and annual wage increases of four per cent.

Jetstar is offering a three per cent rise, which is in line with the Qantas Group but that has been rejected by the union.

Jetstar chief executive Gareth Evans last week criticised the TWU for deciding to "disrupt tourism and aviation at a time when the tourism industry and the economy as a whole - small business, tourism-related businesses, small towns - are doing it very, very tough".

But the union has accused the airline of proposing an agreement "designed to keep Jetstar workers impoverished"

Today's strike follows similar industrial action last December.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/jetstar-strike-flights-cancelled-all-day-industrial-action-australia-news/7924de7c-270b-41f5-ba53-752226369f24

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