Reasonable hours of work and overtime

The ASU has been dealing with a number of enquiries regarding hours and reasonable overtime. The queries have mainly come from individuals who have an individual contract as part of their conditions of employment. Some of these employees on individual contracts are also not covered by either an Enterprise Agreement or Award usually because of…

The review of Workplace Relations and what it means for me

The Abbott Government recently announced they would ask the Productivity Commission to conduct a review of Australia’s ‘workplace relations framework’. We’ve been asked by many members what this actually means.  Simply put, it means the Abbott Government is seeking to have the Commission review the laws and the Federal Government institutions that oversee these laws…

Dnata Shift giveaways & swaps

The ASU was recently advised that the company intended to stop people giving away shifts that they did not want or could not work, this was going to commence in approximately 3 weeks’ time.  We were also advised that the company was considering limiting the number of shift swaps that people could do as well…

It’s Groundhog day at AaE

Your ASU National negotiating team met with AaE management in Sydney on 26th February 2015 for our 4th meeting and despite promises that the company would be ready to talk seriously about your agreement we had just another meeting going over old ground about our claims with little response or offers from the company. It…

Telephone Sales Update

Today Victorian ASU Officials, Delegates and rostering committee representatives met with Qantas to try to settle issues associated with the company’s decision to change shift work rosters in Melbourne for the last 4 months of the operation at the Camberwell call centre. Based on feedback from ASU members to date, the ASU sought to resolve…

Toll Passenger Services EBA Update

Your ASU national negotiating team for Toll Dnata Passenger services last met with the company on 12th February 2015 after a number of delays in finalizing a meeting date. The company representatives came only with a prepared statement about the problems in the company with little ability to negotiate anything but with plenty of excuses…

Babies, bosses and big workplace changes

Laws that benefit women in the workplace need to be strengthened so that female staff are less dependent on an employer’s whim. Not too many people will be surprised by Tony Abbott’s decision to ditch his signature policy on paid parental leave. It was an unpopular policy that seemed to disproportionately favour women who needed…

Qantas Telephone Sales Update

Today your ASU representatives met with Qantas to discuss a range of issues associated with Qantas’ decision last year to close the Melbourne and Brisbane call centres. Melbourne Rostering Discussions to Continue Many staff on the multi shift-work roster have been angered about plans to reduce the spread of hours in Melbourne from 24 hours…