The devastating announcement that Virgin Australia has gone into administration pushed the jobs of 16,000 workers closer to the brink.
That means workers like Marcella, who has worked at Virgin for 17 years in Guest Services, face an uncertain future.
But it is not too late for the Morrison Government to intervene and stop 16,000 workers, including ASU members around the country from losing their jobs.
We’re calling on the Morrison Government to immediately move to buy equity in Virgin Australia and save these workers’ jobs. This is the only way forward to have Virgin Australian owned and keep two national airlines in Australian skies.
The airline industry across the world is under siege. Governments around the world are stepping up to save airline workers’ jobs. The Morrison government needs to do the same.
The Morrison government is at a crossroad.
They can choose to invest tax payer money in buying a stake in an airline that will save jobs, make it Australian owned and allow Australia to avoid becoming a country with one all-powerful corporate airline in control of the skies. Or sit back and watch as 16,000 jobs are destroyed, tax payers are lumped with an $800 million bill for unpaid entitlements and our domestic tourism industry collapses as ticket prices exploded and services are cut.
We’ve got to pull out every stop to get our message across to Scott Morrison – and that includes pressuring other members of Parliament who should have an interest in saving Virgin Australia for the communities they represent.
Click here to email MPs whose electorates rely on Virgin flights to stay connected to the rest of the country, and tell them that they must pressure Scott Morrison to act immediately to save the airline.
The Federal Government has a choice: save the jobs of 16,000 workers, invest in a national asset, and keep the sky fair for everyone, or choose to turn their backs on these workers and their families.
Let’s do everything we can to ensure they make the right choice, and stand together with ASU members at Virgin Australia who need our support.
Remember: we are stronger together.