Jetstar in Thai crew legal battle

Jetstar in Thai crew legal battle
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Jetstar cabin crew recruited in Thailand but working on Australian domestic routes could be paid half of what they are entitled to, according to litigation now underway.

The Fair Work Ombudsman started legal action yesterday against Singapore company Valuair Limited and Thai company Tour East Limited, both part-owned by Qantas on behalf of just eight workers. Further action for up to 300 international cabin crew could be on the cards.

It seeks reimbursement of more than $7500 it claims the staff are owed in back-pay and is also seeking penalties against Jetstar, alleging the carrier was aware underpayment was taking place.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman submits that whilst working on Jetstar’s Australian domestic flights, the crews are entitled to rates stipulated under the Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2010,” a statement said.

A directions hearing is listed for August 17.

Meanwhile, the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) claimed the allegations were proof the airline was “exploiting” its foreign workers while trying to “undercut” Australian staff.

“I don’t think Australian passengers take kindly to such practices and AIPA’s concern is that such practices damage Jetstar’s brand,” president Captain Barry Jackson said.

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