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Last night (Wednesday, 21 July) Qantas CEO Alan Joyce wrote to staff saying that the company could not guarantee that they would not be stood down in the near future. The CEO also stated that if stand downs were required, the company expects that support packages would kick in to…
The Australian Services Union today called on the Federal Government to urgently reinstate JobKeeper after Qantas threatened unpaid standdowns in response to the lockdowns currently affecting more than 13 million Australians. The union’s Assistant National Secretary Emeline Gaske said we are now in a national crisis and thousands of jobs…
Qantas Group released a Wages Policy today that announced a two-year wage freeze in all new EBAs. This means that Qantas Group workers will need to wait until 2022 or 2023 to see a pay increase. Even then, Qantas Group says it wants to lock in a miserly 2% pay…
On 23 March 2021, the ASU met with Qantas to discuss the results of the non-binding EOI process. Qantas says that it is ready to start a binding EOI process and start recruitment for the new FOC and FPO roles. Binding EOI Qantas will ask employees to make a binding…
Today Qantas released their half year revenue figures publically. What this shows is the urgent need for government action across aviation in Australia to Keep Australia Flying. JobKeeper and a loyal workforce have kept Qantas going through the COVID-19 crisis. But the crisis in aviation is not over. We need…
The Australian Services Union together with other unions will take Qantas to the High Court today over the airline’s misuse of JobKeeper which has seen many workers ripped off their pay after working public holidays, weekends and overtime. The fundamental argument is that employers should not be able to use…
On 17 December 2020, the Full Federal Court decided in favour of Qantas in the JobKeeper case. The Full Federal Court has accepted Qantas’ interpretation of the Fair Work Act, which they say only applies to the amounts you are paid in any Jobkeeper fortnight. This means that Qantas can…
ASU – AIRPORTS AND LOUNGES UPDATE On 3 December, ASU representatives met with Qantas management to discuss the proposed restructure of Airports. Qantas continues to say skilled customer service professionals at Airports and Lounges will be made redundant, but it can’t answer basic questions about the new ‘innovations’ they say…
Qantas has announced that it will outsource below wing work (ramp, baggage and aircraft presentation) at 10 Australian airports. We understand that Qantas considered a TWU-led in-house bid, but rejected that proposal because it did not offer enough cost-savings to the company. We stand in solidarity with all workers affected…
On 9 November 2020, a Full Court of the Federal Court heard Qantas’ appeal of Justice Flick’s decision interpreting the JobKeeper Minimum Payment Guarantee (s 789GDA). In October, Justice Flick had made a declaration interpreting the minimum payment guarantee that would have made Qantas’ payment practices unlawful. Qantas appealed the…