29 May 2012

Jetstar in court over low pay

9:58 am on 29 May 2012

Jetstar is being taken to court for underpaying cabin crew who were recruited in Thailand.

Eight crew members are reportedly being paid less than half of what they are entitled to when they work on domestic routes in Australia.

Australia's Fair Work Ombudsman began taking action in the federal court on Friday and says it may take action for up to 300 international cabin crew rostered on Jetstar's domestic routes.

Two Asian companies which recruit staff for Jetstar - Valuair and Tour East - are facing court over the matter. Both companies are part owned by Qantas.

The Ombudsman is seeking to have the eight employees reimbursed at least $A7500 in back pay.

It is also seeking penalties against Jetstar.