An Adelaide firm acting pro bono for former employees of Tiger Airways has leveraged public pressure to secure their entitlements.
A group of around 10 former Tiger employees recently sought legal advice from Tindall Gask Bentley when the airline failed to deliver on promises of redundancy, notice period and annual leave payments.
After pressure generated by media interest in the case, the airline apologised to the former employees and agreed to pay.
"We're pleased that Tiger Airways has finally given these young people what they are entitled to," said Tindall Gask Bentley managing partner Morry Bailes.
"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."
Bailes said Tiger is still refusing to budge on its claim that staff members 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," explained Bailes.
"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."