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Jetstar pilots decide on Christmas strike

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The final decision on Jetstar pilots taking industrial in a bid for better pay and conditions will be announced on Friday afternoon.

After November's Fair Work Commission authorisation for the pilots' union to hold a vote, the ballot opened last Friday and is closing at noon on Friday.

The results of the vote held by the Australian Federation of Air Pilots and scrutinised by Elections Australia will decide on a number of different actions.

These actions will range from deciding not to work overtime, refusing to follow standard fuel-saving procedures or stopping work for up to 24 hours.

Each individual action has been voted individually and more than a 51 per cent of the votes has to be given a 'Yes' for it to become a protected industrial action.

The union claims that its members represent around an 80 per cent of the more than 800 commercial pilots employed by Jetstar in Australia.

"We appreciate industrial action would be extremely frustrating for customers. If the AFAP chooses to take this step we will do everything we can to minimise any disruption to our customers," a Jetstar spokesman said.

"We remain committed to reaching a new agreement to support the great work our people do every day, but not any cost."

It is understood that Jetstar captains earn more than $300,000 annually. Jetstar's offer would see a three per cent increase in pilot costs, which does not meet AFAP's claims.

The union said Jetstar cancelled a meeting last Friday, as well as the next one scheduled this Friday, but Jetstar categorically denied these claims.

"The AFAP has been genuinely negotiating for nearly 12 months but the company remains unwilling to shift on any of the pilot's pay and conditions such as rostering," AFAP executive director Simon Lutton had said before the voting.

"Jetstar pilots simply want to be valued fairly in line with their peers at other airlines."

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