Jetstar pilot break appeal rejected by Supreme Court

JQ pilot break 7 decJetstar pilots will seek tens of thousands of dollars in compensation from the budget airline for years of missed breaks. Jetstar pilot Richard Greenslade won a Employment Court decision against Jetstar in 2014 over entitlement of meal and rest breaks, but the Qantas subsidiary appealed the ruling.

The Court of Appeal ruled in September that Jetstar had failed to provide its pilots with mandatory rest and meal breaks as required under the Employment Relations Act (ERA).

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After reviewing the Court of Appeal's decision Jetstar sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on Friday declined leave to appeal and ordered Jetstar to pay $2500 reparation to Greenslade.

The New Zealand Airline Pilots Association (NZALPA) acting president Tim Robinson said Jetstar pilots would ask the budget airline for compensation following years of missed breaks.

He would not disclose how much compensation was being sought but it would be "tens of thousands" of dollars, he said.

NZALPA represented 79 Jetstar pilots from the airline's jet aircraft division, he said.

If a compensation agreement was not reached Jetstar pilots could take the airline to the Employment Court, he said.

"Hopefully they'll see the light and talk seriously about compensation," Robinson said.

Jetstar spokesman Phil Boeyen said it was in the process of reviewing the judgement and considering the impact of the decision.

 - Stuff