The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) successfully applied to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for a protected industrial action (PIA) ballot of its members at Regional Express Holdings (Rex) Airlines.
More than 250 pilots employed by Rex to fly the sixty Saab 340 aircraft fleet will vote between Wednesday 15 June and midday on Wednesday 22 June.
The FWC’s ruling on 8 June means that AFAP members at Rex will vote on a range of actions including possible four-hour work stoppages and bans on signing on for work if there has been less than ten hours since their last shift ended.
The significance of a PIA vote allows employees to lawfully stop work or perform their duties in a different manner.
A spokesperson from the AFAP said their members pride themselves on providing a valuable service to regional Australia and explained they would welcome productive enterprise agreement negotiations with Rex Airlines.
The enterprise agreement negotiations at Rex have been ongoing for more than four years.
A Rex Airlines spokesperson said they will wait until the outcome of the vote is known before making any further comment.
The outcome of the vote will be advised to the FWC and Rex as soon as possible after the ballot closes.
On the same day that the ballot opened Rex Airlines announced they would be increasing services to the major regional centres on its network.
The return flights between Sydney and Broken Hill will increase from two to three flights on weekdays, equating to an extra five flights per week or a 50% increase in Rex Airline flights for Broken Hill.
These additional flights restore the Broken Hill Rex Airline flights to pre-COVID levels.