Jetstar pilot pay, condition talks stall

Christine McGinn
Talks between the pilots' union and Jetstar pilots about pay and conditions have stalled

Jetstar and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots are at loggerheads about a pay deal for pilots ahead of a vote to decide whether they will strike at Christmas.

The Fair Work Commission authorised the pilots' union to hold a ballot vote on whether to continue with their claims for better pay and conditions.

The ballot opened on Friday and will close on December 6.

The union says Jetstar cancelled a meeting this week, and the next one scheduled in December. But Jetstar categorically denies canning the upcoming meeting.

The union has written to the company saying pilots can meet at any time.

"If the AFAP is trying to create the impression we haven't been talking, that's wrong," a company spokeswoman said.

"It's difficult to make much progress when they are demanding a 15 per cent pay increase despite knowing our longstanding position across all our work groups is three per cent, and they are now threatening strike action."

The union disputes the 15 per cent figure but refused to tell AAP what it actually wants.

It is understood Jetstar has offered pilots a three per cent wage increase each year, as well as other benefits and allowances.

But the offer isn't being taken up, with a union spokeswoman saying pilots wanted increased pay, good management and better rostering among the improved conditions.

The union was unable to say how long they wanted the future agreement to be, suggesting it could be three or four years - after the previous deal expired on April 21.

Pilots want to be "valued fairly in line with their peers at other airlines", the union has previously said.

Jetstar's narrow body aircraft captains who flew up to 75 hours a month in the 2018 financial year earned $304,576, including super and allowances, without bonuses.

Pilots will cast their vote on various actions including deciding not to work overtime, refusing to follow standard fuel-saving procedures or stopping work for up to 24 hours.

Both the company and pilots claim they want a mutually-agreed resolution.

Pay negotiations broke down after nearly a year, with Jetstar highlighting that future actions from the union would not change its position.