The ASU was at the Fair Work Commission on 26 and 27 June 2019 opposing the Swissport (formerly Aerocare) application to approve the second-rate Aerocare Collective Agreement 2018.
The ASU is arguing the agreement cannot be approved because it undermines important protections for shift workers. If the Agreement was approved, it would mean that Swissport shift workers would not be entitled to overtime when they work outside their roster or on the second half of a split shift. This means that these employees would not be better off overall under the Agreement compared to the Airlines Award.
Swissport are trying to tell the Fair Work Commission that roster changes, overtime and extensions are unusual in their business. They say this means it doesn’t matter that they can change their employees’ rosters as much as they want without paying overtime.
Have Swissport ever been to an airport? Planes come in early or run late. Flights are cancelled or rescheduled. Workers get sick. And when these things happen, rosters are changed, shifts are extended and people are called in at short notice.
They’re trying to hide this from the Fair Work Commission, but the ASU won’t let them. The case is continuing. Hearings have been adjourned until 7 August 2019 for further submissions.
Speak to your organiser for more information (download full bulletin here) Swissport (formerly Aerocare) Bulletin - 28 June 2019.