The pilot accused of murdering missing Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill has launched an unfair dismissal claim against his former employer Jetstar.
Greg Lynn, 55, of Caroline Springs in Melbourne’s west, was charged with two counts of murder in November for murdering the duo after they embarked on a camping trip to Wonnangatta in March, 2020.
Mr Lynn was removed from duties at Jetstar upon his arrest, with his position officially terminated in January.
On January 22, the Transport Workers Union of Australia wrote a letter to Jetstar on his behalf, alleging he was denied procedural fairness in the decision to sack him.
TWU branch secretary John Berger said Mr Lynn’s termination was “harsh, unjust and unreasonable” and called for the decision to be reversed.
The matter is now before the Fair Work Commission, but no date has been listed for hearing.
“Captain Lynn’s dismissal from employment should be considered a disproportionate response,” Mr Berger said in the letter.
“Captain Lynn has not been found guilty of any misconduct, he has advised Jetstar that he is on remand and therefore cannot attend at work.
“Captain Lynn has not been convicted of any crime and there is no prejudice to Jetstar to await the outcome of the trial.”
Mr Lynn had put forward an arrangement of leave to Jetstar while he was on remand, the union said.
A TWU spokesman said the union was providing support to Lynn in his claim, but said “it is not involved in this criminal justice matter”.
“Consistent with regular practice, the union has provided support to this member for a Fair Work conciliation,” a spokesman said.
“This has been done because union members are entitled to representation and procedural fairness for industrial matters.”
Jetstar will oppose the claim, which is at the preliminary conciliation stage.
Conciliation is a compulsory part of the unfair dismissal process to try to settle the matter.