Rex Saab 340 pilots have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of taking business motion towards the airline, following a close to four-year-long war of words over pay and stipulations.
The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) mentioned the motion would get started from Tuesday 28 June and come with a ban on loading additional gas previous to flights and no longer dressed in uniforms.
Rex had in the past instructed Australian Aviation the movements of the union had been “past trust” and added its newest be offering was once “considerably higher” than one approved through the union on behalf of QantasLink pilots in 2021.
On Wednesday, the AFAP mentioned greater than 90 consistent with cent of its Saab pilot contributors voted to take a variety of 8 movements, together with paintings bans and probably paintings stoppages of as much as 4 hours each and every.
It added the poll lasted every week with 93 consistent with cent of its contributors who had been eligible to take part balloting on-line.
“Along with motion regarding the dressed in of uniforms, pilots will undertake a ban on loading additional gas previous to flights, the place the main goal for loading the additional gas is to negate the wish to refuel on the vacation spot airport,” mentioned the AFAP.
“The AFAP stays dedicated to attaining an settlement and is disenchanted that we’ve got needed to take this motion.
“Sadly, Rex pilots were making an attempt to barter a brand new Endeavor Settlement since early-2018 (forward of the 30 June 2018 expiry of the Regional Specific Pilots’ Endeavor Settlement 2014).
“AFAP contributors hired through Rex as Saab turboprop pilots are disenchanted that negotiations over a brand new undertaking settlement have no longer advanced satisfactorily with the corporate over 4 years.”
Talking of the poll, Rex in the past mentioned it was once “disappointing” that the union had implemented to the Honest Paintings Fee for permission to start business motion, specifically for the reason that it had approved a “considerably” decrease wage be offering for its QantasLink pilots in past due 2021.
“Simply ultimate September, the AFAP agreed to a 2 consistent with cent pay upward thrust in 2021 and 2022 for QantasLink pilots,” Rex deputy chairman John Sharp mentioned.
“Rex then again has presented its SAAB pilots a 5.1 consistent with cent pay upward thrust from 1 July 2022, plus vital catch-up bills value every other 8 consistent with cent as soon as the trade is winning once more.
“Rex is the one airline that has no longer retrenched any of its pilots and it has stood through them during the tough COVID years.
“We imagine that they’re going to stand through the corporate all through this era the place restoration is nascent and the corporate remains to be fragile.”
The airline additionally accused the union of spreading “malicious, deceptive, and misleading” data to its contributors relating to the most recent spherical of negotiations.