Workers who refuel planes at Melbourne Airport will consider strike action which could impact flights, after pay negotiations broke down with employers.
The staff wanted a three per cent-a-year increase for the next three years, the Transport Workers Union said.
Employer Viva has offered a combined five per cent increase staggered over the term, which workers have rejected.
“We are seeing more and more aviation jobs become poorly-paid and insecure and the crisis in supply chains is impacting the worker at the bottom the most,” TWU national and Victorian president John Berger said.
After talks broke down on Thursday the union applied to the Fair Work Commission to take industrial action, including the right to strike.
“Refuellers work long hours from early morning to the dead of night in performing an important, and highly-dangerous, community service.”
Negotiations have been underway for six months.
Viva has been contacted for comment.