ASU Member Magazine July 2020
Welcome to the mid-year edition of the ASU Unite Magazine – and what a year it’s been so far.
From bushfires to a global pandemic that has brought unprecedented shutdowns and catapulted Australia into recession, our members have felt the impact of this economic crisis more than any other.
The ASU is by your side through the toughest of times and we have achieved some incredible things working together in recent months.
Despite bitter reluctance from the Morrison government, we fought hard and won the biggest ever income support package for Australian workers, the JobKeeper program. For most members, we’ve locked in access to that vital income support and we continue to fight on behalf of our members at Dnata, Air Niugini and other international carriers to overturn the government’s prejudice against these Australian workers.
The aviation industry is at a critical junction. We’re fighting for our members at Qantas and Jetstar as they face tremendous job cuts, and for our members at Virgin and Tiger who are in the midst of upheaval as Bain Capital seeks to buy the airline from administrators.
Australia needs a strong aviation industry to keep this vast land connected. We’re campaigning hard for the Morrison government to recognise this and protect the industry’s people and skills through an Aviation Keeper package.
Industrial relations will remain a tough battleground through COVID-19 and the recovery phase. In the battle against casualisation, we have won a significant victory with the Federal Court ruling that casual workers employed on regular and predictable shifts are entitled to sick, annual and carers leave. We will fight determinedly to make sure this is locked into the industrial relations framework forever and that business knows we will not take a backward step when standing up for the interests of Australian workers and their families.
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You’ll find so much in this edition, including;
- The State of the Union: a report from the Branch Secretary
- Saving Virgin Airlines
- Scomo, where the bloody hell are ya?
- How COVID-19 is affecting Australia’s NGOs
- The fight for Dnata and international airline workers
- How to skill up with the ASU’s Career Launchpad
On behalf of the ASU Executive, Officials and staff, we hope you and your family are safe and well in this turbulent period. Don’t forget that we’re here by your side, and please reach out if you need any extra support.