FC flags wage in­creases

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FLIGHT Cen­tre has raised the prospect of in­creased wage costs as it works to fi­nalise a new En­ter­prise Bar­gain­ing Agree­ment (EBA) for its leisure sales staff.

As part of this week’s record profit an­nounce­ment ( TD yes­ter­day), the com­pany con­firmed it ex­pected a new wage model for its Aus­tralian leisure teams to be in­tro­duced dur­ing the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year.

“While the EBA will in­crease wage costs, it is an im­por­tant in­vest­ment that will en­sure FLT’s leisure sales peo­ple op­er­ate un­der a sim­pler sys­tem and are bet­ter re­warded in terms of both pay and over­all con­di­tions,” the com­pany said.

Flight Cen­tre’s pay and con­di­tions came un­der scru­tiny ear­lier this week af­ter the ABC’s 7.30 pro­gram aired al­le­ga­tions that staff were pres­sured to mark-up air­fares be­cause of low pay ( TD Wed).

Flight Cen­tre’s an­nual re­sults also con­firm about 1,200 con­sul­tants from 250 Es­cape Travel and Cruiseabou­t stores were re­de­ployed as part of the merger of the brands into the Flight Cen­tre and Travel As­so­ci­ates sta­bles ( TD 22 Feb).

They rep­re­sent 15-20% of the Aus­tralian leisure work­force.

The com­pany also closed 90 poorly lo­cated stores.

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