Airport chaos as pilots walk off the job

Jetstar has cancelled 54 flights as union staff continue strikes across the country today.

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots’ Jetstar pilots are stopping work for four hours today, the second day of a two-day strike held less than two weeks before the busy Christmas period.

A similar strike on Saturday saw Jetstar proactively cancel more than 40 flights.

Jetstar workers are planning another strike next week, on Thursday, December 19, just six days before Christmas Day.

The disruption comes after the budget airline refused demands for annual pay increases, minimum job hours and safety improvements.

Jetstar staff were requesting more rest breaks, a guaranteed 12-hour break between shifts and 30 hour working weeks.

This weekend’s pilot strike follows a walk-off by ground crew on Friday at airports around the country.

Jetstar said the strikes were “unjustifiable” and “cynically timed to hurt travellers at the busiest time of the year”, AAP reported.

RELATED: List of Jetstar flights cancelled this weekend

Around 250 Jetstar ground staff and baggage handlers stopped work on Friday during peak departure and arrival periods in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide.

Strikers carried placards with the airline’s logo and messages including “Jetstar You’re Below the Belt”, “I’ll Fly when it’s Fair” and “Jetstar, Safety is no joke”.

The Transport Workers Union said it was not its striking members intention to delay passengers but negotiations had broken down because Jetstar “would not listen” to safety concerns and fair pay arguments.

However, one disgruntled member of the public took to Twitter to describe the strike as “blackmail of the travelling public to get what they want”.

Jetstar released its full list of cancelled flights this weekend.

The company says customers travelling from December 13 to December 20 can request a full refund prior to flying.

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