Industrial Disputes

Mixed news for former Tiger Airways employees

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Amid turbulent times for Australia’s aviation industry there is some good news.

MEDIA:

3/11/11: ABC News radio

4/11/11: The Advertiser/AdelaideNow

4/11/11: Lawyers Weekly

Most of Adelaide’s axed Tiger Airways employees have finally received their full entitlements, three months after being made redundant.

A group sought legal advice from Tindall Gask Bentley when the airline failed to deliver on promises of redundancy, notice period and annual leave payments.

After some pressure, the airline has apologised and paid up.

“We’re pleased that Tiger Airways has finally given these young people what they are entitled to,” Tindall Gask Bentley managing partner Morry Bailes said.

“The airline also softened its stance on payments for the three month notice period, which is positive.

“It certainly should never have gone this far; a lot of unnecessary stress and uncertainty was caused.”

But the saga is still not yet over, with Tiger refusing to budge on its claim that staff who gained employment with rival airlines were no longer entitled to redundancy payments.

“When the Adelaide base was shut down employees were encouraged to look for new jobs, but after gaining employment with other airlines, they were told that they had effectively ‘resigned’ and lost their payouts.

“They did no more than was asked of them by Tiger and we expect Tiger to do the right thing by all of their former staff members in Adelaide.”

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