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The Fair Work Commission had decided that all casuals working under the SCHDS Award should be paid their casual loading in addition to their overtime time and weekend penalty rates. This is likely to be phased between 1 December 2019 and 1 July 2020, but we are waiting for confirmation…
The has ASU met with Emirates about cuts following the Company’s announcement it would close the doors to their Melbourne Call Centre will close its doors. In response to the announcement on 3 September 2019, the ASU sought an urgent meeting to understand what Emirates would do to prevent any…
On Thursday, 16th August 2019, the union representatives for the ASU ALAEA and staff bargaining representatives met in Melbourne to continue bargaining discussions for the next Emirates Enterprise Agreement. Your Union and bargaining representatives met with Emirates on Thursday, 16 August 2019 to hear Emirates’ present an initial response to…
On 3rd September 2019, Barry Brown – Emirates’ Divisional Vice President for Australasia – notified all Australia and New Zealand staff of their decision to close Melbourne Call Centre operations. Following the announcement, Emirates commenced meetings with call centre staff who work at the Emirates’ Town Office to inform them that Emirates…
In response to last Wednesday’s sensational announcement about massive cuts to staff at Virgin Australia’s Head Office, the ASU sought an urgent meeting to understand what – if any – restructuring process or program has already been commenced by the Company. The meeting took place in Brisbane on Friday, 30th…
Today Virgin Australia has announced massive cuts to staff in it’s Head Office, although in conversations today Virgin couldn’t confirm that these cuts would not extend to other areas across the network. News reports said 750 jobs across the business. ASU members are understandably shocked at the announcement, especially given…

Vale Janice Mayes

28 August 2019
We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Janice Mayes. Janice was the President of the Federated Clerks Union (Central and Southern Queensland Branch) from 1990 before it became the Australian Services Union in the early 1990s.  She was a champion for women’s rights and always put the…
The Fair Work Commission has decided to terminate the Aerocare Collective Agreement 2012 thanks to a union challenge because Swissport employees are worse off under the 2012 Agreement than they would be if they were covered by the Airlines Award. The 2012 agreement pays below award rates on weekends and…
On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 2019, the union representatives for the ASU and ALAEA and Emirates bargaining representatives met to discuss your claims for the Emirates Enterprise Agreement 2020. We discussed each other’s claims and agreed to work together to make one set of common claims. Our claims…
At the most recent NCC meeting on 19 June with the company, the ASU was told about plans to launch “Care Crew”, a novel approach to managing mental health issues at Virgin Australia. As it was presented to us, we heard that “Care Crew” would be a volunteer peer support…
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