You will have heard yesterday that Virgin Australia has gone into voluntary administration.
The ASU has been working hard since the COVID-19 crisis began to protect the jobs and entitlements of all of our members in airlines, and to save Virgin Australia and the jobs of 16,000 people who work there.
Yesterday’s announcement is devastating for all our members across airlines who want to see a vibrant and successful aviation industry in Australia.
What we know so far is that:
- Virgin Australia has voluntarily appointed an administrator
- Virgin Australia operations will continue for now
- Workers have not lost their jobs for now, and JobKeeper entitlements will continue to be made to them.
It is not too late for the Government to step up and save Virgin Australia.
Now is the time for workers across the industry to pull together, not let the bosses and government pit us against one another. It is important for all aviation workers that there are two strong airlines in Australia.
Your fellow ASU members working at Virgin Australia need your support, now more than ever. Please show them your support by tweeting @ScottMorrisonMP to #SaveVirgin and to #SaveAviation. You could even share a short video or photo of yourself explaining why Scott Morrison needs to step up and save aviation, save Virgin Australia and the jobs of 16,000 Australians.
We will continue to keep all our members in airlines informed of developments at Virgin Australia and other airlines as they come to hand.