Flexible Working Arrangements
Since November last year, the ASU has been in contact with the Company about how to properly handle requests from staff for Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs).
When we last spoke to the Company, Virgin Australia were hoping to reduce the number of arrangements that are accommodated for ground staff to a fraction of what is offered to similar employees at Jetstar, Menzies and Qantas. ASU representatives have advised Virgin Australia that whilst the Company say they can’t accommodate employees who can work part-time over 3 days a week with more than 15 hours of guaranteed work, they still have an obligation to meet the terms and conditions of your enterprise agreement.
Virgin Australia must consult with each employee about their individual circumstances and we have suggested to Virgin Australia that they should take the following steps in consultation with affected employees:
- Genuinely consider your needs in relation to your FWA;
- Consider the consequences you will experience if your needs cannot be accommodated and balance those effects against the needs of the Company; and,
- Provide detailed reasons when they refuse a request.
The Company should only refuse a genuine request on reasonable business grounds.
Virgin Australia has notified the ASU that they will extend existing FWAs to the end of Roster Period 3 (24 march 2019) and attempt to resolve your legitimate concerns by 25 February. Team members should continue to request more information about Company decisions that affect them.
ASU Organisers are available to represent members in conversations with your manager. You should contact your Union about representation in this matter today.
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If you have any questions speak with your local ASU representatives(Download the full bulletin here). Virgin Australia Bulletin # 24 - 8 February 2019