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Jetstar staff accept wage freeze

Jetstar's performance has been highlighted by the ACCC.

Jetstar's performance has been highlighted by the ACCC. Photo: AAP

Jetstar pilots and workers have voted in favour of a new pay deal that includes an 18-month wage freeze.

The low cost airline is part of the Qantas Group, which is cutting $2 billion in costs and has been implementing a company-wide wage freeze.

After a long negotiation process, Jetstar’s pilots have accepted a new enterprise agreement that includes a retrospective wage freeze between January 1, 2013 and the end of June 2014.

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The company’s 800 pilots will then get a three per cent annual pay increase for four consecutive years, beginning on July 1 this year.

Jetstar’s 500 airport and office workers have also voted in favour of a new enterprise agreement, which included an 18 month wage freeze that began in October 2013.

The agreement runs to September 2017, and also includes three annual wage increases of three per cent each.

“With the support of the unions, we were able to construct an agreement which effectively balanced the needs of the pilot community with those of the airline,” a Jetstar spokesman said.

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