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Australia's Jetstar strikers to waive baggage fees on "No Weigh Day"

10-11-2011 11:25 BJT

SYDNEY, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Australian Services Union (ASU) announced on Tuesday that Jetstar, the Qantas-owned carrier check- in staff will take industrial action on Friday by waiving excess baggage fees for travelers in protest at stalled workplace agreement negotiations.

The ASU, representing front-line customer service staff at Jetstar, has labeled the day of action 'No Weigh Day'.

According to the ASU, "No Weigh Day" is the first industrial action ever taken against the airline.

Airports in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast will be affected.

But the union representative Linda White says travelers will not face any delays.

"It's not going to disadvantage travelers at all, in fact it's a bonus for travelers," she said.

The industrial action will cost Jetstar an estimated 50,000 AU dollars (49,860 U.S. dollars) in lost fees.

"Jetstar is disappointed by this action and is continuing to focus on ongoing discussions with the ASU to finalize a fair and reasonable agreement for the benefit of its employees and sustainability of the business," a Jetstar statement said.

Jetstar said it had been negotiating with the ASU over the past 12 months to finalize an agreement covering around 400 employees at seven Australian ports.

The ASU says Jetstar check-in staff will not charge any excess baggage fees from 3:30 a.m. (local time) on Friday until 3:30 a.m. (local time) on Saturday.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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