The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched Federal Court action to ban Jetstar’s alleged exploitation of foreign flight attendants on domestic routes in Australia, and says it may escalate the action to seek substantial damages on behalf of up to 300 people.
The ombudsman has released a comprehensive statement on its actions:
Thai cabin crew allegedly underpaid on Jetstar domestic routes
Airline cabin crew recruited in Thailand are allegedly staffing domestic routes in Australia for Jetstar Airways for up to half the cost required to meet their minimum entitlements.
The Fair Work Ombudsman says the pay rate is unacceptable and is asking the Federal Court to ban the practice. It claims the Thai employees should be getting up to double the amount they are being paid.