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Why are we waiting at Virgin?

19 May 2017 By ASU, the airlines industry union

Your ASU representatives met with management on Wednesday 17 May 2017 to progress negotiations for the new Virgin enterprise agreement.

Management had committed to giving us the list of changes they want in the new agreement at this meeting. But yet again, when we arrived, they had no log of claims to share with us, and they weren’t able to tell us specifically what they want out of the new agreement.

Your ASU team has worked hard to ensure that bargaining is not delayed – we provided our log of claims to management 3 months ago on 20 February!

But we are still waiting for management to sort itself out and put together its list of claims.

Enough is enough!

We have told management that if we do not have their log of claims by 31 May 2017 we will be going to the Fair Work Commission to get a good faith bargaining order to force them. We hope it does not come to this, but we can’t afford to wait any longer.

We will keep members updated with developments.

What we do know

At our meetings on 20 April and 17 May management have told us a couple of the changes they are thinking of, namely:

  • Restrictions around when overtime is paid
  • Reduce employees’ personal leave entitlement

We understand there is a management meeting next week at which they may finalise their claims. Watch this space for more information as it comes to hand!

If you have any questions, please contact your workplace delegate or organiser:(download the full bulletin details here) - icon Virgin Australia Bulletin # 6 - 19 May 2017

Time to join

With all the changes happening, and management making its claims to reduce some conditions in bargaining, it is important Virgin employees work together to get the best deal. If you’re not already a member, it’s time to join: If you know a colleague who is not yet a member, you should ask them to join.

Contact Details
Name: Linda White
Telephone: 03 9342 1400