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In response to last Wednesday’s sensational announcement about massive cuts to staff at Virgin Australia’s Head Office, the ASU sought an urgent meeting to understand what – if any – restructuring process or program has already been commenced by the Company. The meeting took place in Brisbane on Friday, 30th…
Today Virgin Australia has announced massive cuts to staff in it’s Head Office, although in conversations today Virgin couldn’t confirm that these cuts would not extend to other areas across the network. News reports said 750 jobs across the business. ASU members are understandably shocked at the announcement, especially given…

Vale Janice Mayes

28 August 2019
We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Janice Mayes. Janice was the President of the Federated Clerks Union (Central and Southern Queensland Branch) from 1990 before it became the Australian Services Union in the early 1990s.  She was a champion for women’s rights and always put the…
The Fair Work Commission has decided to terminate the Aerocare Collective Agreement 2012 thanks to a union challenge because Swissport employees are worse off under the 2012 Agreement than they would be if they were covered by the Airlines Award. The 2012 agreement pays below award rates on weekends and…
On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 2019, the union representatives for the ASU and ALAEA and Emirates bargaining representatives met to discuss your claims for the Emirates Enterprise Agreement 2020. We discussed each other’s claims and agreed to work together to make one set of common claims. Our claims…
At the most recent NCC meeting on 19 June with the company, the ASU was told about plans to launch “Care Crew”, a novel approach to managing mental health issues at Virgin Australia. As it was presented to us, we heard that “Care Crew” would be a volunteer peer support…
The ASU is receiving further reports about misinformation and claims from staff about the Agreement process being complete. This is not the case. When we last updated you in April, we confirmed that technically the Agreement is not in operation and is still awaiting approval by the Fair Work Commission…
The ASU, ALAEA and Individual Bargaining Representatives will meet with Emirates on Wednesday 10 July, to commence negotiations for the next Emirates Agreement. The purpose of the initial bargaining meeting is to bring the bargaining representatives together, program future meetings and for the representatives to consider working together as a…
The ASU was at the Fair Work Commission on 26 and 27 June 2019 opposing the Swissport (formerly Aerocare) application to approve the second-rate Aerocare Collective Agreement 2018. The ASU is arguing the agreement cannot be approved because it undermines important protections for shift workers. If the Agreement was approved,…
Hourly Rates effective 1 July 2019   *Re: Clause 36.2 – Overtime of your agreement. At certification Virgin Australia conceded that a part time employee who works in excess of their rostered daily hours should not be paid any less than if they were covered by the Airlines Operations Ground…