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The Australian Services Union today condemned the Federal Government’s replacement for JobKeeper as “welfare for business”. Emeline Gaske, Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services Union - the largest union representing workers in the aviation industry - said the Government’s decision not to tie industry assistance to jobs was a…
ASU delegates and officials have been meeting regularly with Virgin to deal with member concerns about shift cancellations due to lockdown/border closures and other resourcing issues. While we all hope that there will be no further snap lockdowns and border closures, and that Virgin’s flying schedule will become more predictable,…
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 ASU is campaigning for ongoing income support and wage subsidies for the aviation sector to make sure aviation workers and our industry are supported through this crisis and the COVID-19 recovery. We have launched our campaign to Keep Australia Flying because nobody should be left behind by this crisis.…
ASU members are very concerned about recent announcements regarding redundancies in Virgins Corporate and Head Office teams. Yesterday, Virgin announced 350 redundancies at its Corporate and Head Office in Brisbane. We condemn this decision and the way the announcement was handled. The company made the announcement before notifying the ASU…
Virgin and aviation companies today joined unions representing tens of thousands of workers in a fresh appeal to the Prime Minister to implement ‘AviationKeeper’, an extension to JobKeeper for all aviation workers beyond March. The 14 signatories to the letter first campaigned for AviationKeeper support in a previous letter to…
The ASU has lodged a Stand Down dispute with Jetstar in the Fair Work Commission because the airline continues to make last minute changes to rosters, as well as recall staff to work at short notice – sometimes to work single shifts. Jetstar has also reneged on commitments made to…
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…
Jetstar waited until Christmas Eve to notify staff about new periods of Stand Down. As soon as we became aware of border closures taking effect in December, ASU officials urgently sought information from Jetstar about the impact to members. Jetstar made numerous excuses for delaying their advice and did not…
ASU members have raised a number of urgent concerns about the way rosters are being managed in local ports. ASU officials met with Virgin today to raise your concerns including issues with unworkable roster patterns, unpredictable hours of work, ability to opt out of rosters, as well as recognition of…