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Qantas management’s decision to bank a $124 million profit instead of paying workers for money owed to them shows even in a pandemic, people come second to profit at Australia’s biggest airline. Qantas has refused to pay approximately 6000 workers between $1500 (part-time workers) and $2000 (full-time workers) owed to…
The ASU met with Qantas management for our second meeting to continue consultation about the expressions of interest and redundancies affecting airport and lounge staff on Monday, 17 August 2020. Management provided us with an update on the results of the EOIs for each port.  The results differ between different…
The ASU has won its appeal against the Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision to approve Swissport’s sub-standard Aerocare Collective Agreement 2018 (‘Swissport Agreement’). On 11 August 2020, a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission found that the original FWC commissioner hadn’t properly assessed the Swissport Agreement to make sure…
On 22 July the ASU provided a bulletin to members regarding changes to JobKeeper in terms of new payment rules for workers and eligibility rules for both workers and employers. On Friday 7th August 2020 the Government updated these new changes to ensure more Australians can stay in jobs and…
As mentioned in previous newsletters, formal negotiations for a new EBA commence on September the 3rd. In the lead up to this date the ASU needs to develop a log of Claims to serve on the employer. A Log is simply a list of union demands to improve employee pay…
The Australian Services Union today said its members were devastated at the decision to cut thousands of jobs at Virgin and its sister airline Tigerair. The union’s Assistant National Secretary Linda White said it had worked with the ACTU and other unions for months to reduce the number of job…
The results are in. The majority of ASU members who voted in the ASU member poll have supported the pause in bargaining until January 2021. This means it is the ASU’s position is to agree to pause bargaining until January 2021. Between then and now, you rights will be protected…
Early on the morning of 23 July 2020, the ASU filed an application in the Federal Court seeking declarations, back pay and penalties against Qantas for breach of the JobKeeper Minimum Payment Guarantee (S 789GDA of the Fair Work Act). The ASU is working with the TWU and FAAA, who…
Current as at 22 July 2020 On 21 July 2020 the Federal Government announced there will be changes to JobSeeker, the additional income support available for workers who lose their job, are stood down, on low incomes or are in casual and contract employment as a result of the economic…
Current as at 22 July 2020 As you may recall, earlier this year the ASU along with other Australian unions campaigned relentlessly for a wage subsidy for workers to ensure members jobs are protected through the global pandemic. In early April 2020 the Federal Government passed legislation and created the…