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Free business class flights, better pay fight strands mine employees

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Disagreements over remote conditions have stranded hundreds of resources workers.

Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) employees have been unable to travel between airports and mine sites because aircraft crew members want a better employment environment.

Network Aviation pilots are demanding company paid business class travel to work, wage increases and more attractive overtime penalty rates. They also want 10 rostered days off, better time sheets and two-hour sign ons.

However, the Qantas-owned employer claimed it cannot afford to meet the Australian Federation of Air Pilots’ demands.

“We have been working to reach a new agreement for 18 months and want our pilots to start receiving pay increases of more than 25 per cent that we have offered,” chief operating officer Trevor Worgan said according to the Australian Associated Press.

The remarks came after union members went on strike from midnight on 13 February 2024 until February 15.

The last time pilots walked off the job, 35 flights were cancelled on February 8. Affected FIFO passengers in regional Western Australia were offered fee-free amendments or a refund.

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