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On 25 August 2020, Qantas Group made the shocking announcement that it intends to consider outsourcing Australian Airport ground operations performed by Qantas Airlines, QGS and Jetstar Services staff working in ramp, baggage handling and fleet presentation at 11 Australian Airports. This work is covered by the Transport Workers Union…
ASU delegates and organisers held our third consultation meeting with Qantas airports and Lounge management on Friday 21st August 2020 and we can now advise that offers to take redundancy will be made to a range of people who have expressed interest in volunteering to take a compulsory redundancy. On…
The ASU and Auscript are currently in dispute before the Fair Work Commission for the second time in 2020. This time it is in relation to pay rates: no CPI increases in 2020; and the Enterprise Agreement (EA) Bronze rate falling below the applicable Clerks - Private Sector award rate…
As a union member, your union along with all other members of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) have made an application to the Federal Court of Australia with the support of Virgin Administrators and the management team to make sure all of our members will be represented at…
Since Virgin publicly announced significant job losses on 5 August your ASU representatives have been involved in extensive negotiations where we have tried to make the restructure process as fair and transparent as possible for Guest Services employees. We are holding a meeting for ASU members to go through your…
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…
Introduction On the 12 August, Michael Rizzo from the ASU National Office in Melbourne, received a call from management informing him that because of the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne technicians had less work to do and Canon wanted to move to a partial stand down from the 17…
The aviation industry is being hit by a second wave, and we are already experiencing the aftershocks with thousands of job losses throughout the industry. The ITF is urgently calling for a new deal for aviation workers based on relief, recovery and reform.At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic we…
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…