Emirates EBA Negotiations Resume

The ASU/ALAEA and bargaining representatives met with Emirates management on Wednesday 23rd July and Thursday 24th July for EBA negotiations.  This was the first meeting since Emirates employees had comprehensively rejected the Emirates proposed EBA with a 74.25% NO vote. What do the ASU/ALAEA want? The ASU/ALAEA want to get an EBA agreed to and…

Virgin – Happy Pay Rise

Your EBA pay increase is brought to you by union members Your EBA pay rise for July 2014 has arrived and you should have received it in this week’s pay.  In the past 6 months alone pay increases have ranged between 8.15% and 13.6%. You will receive further EBA pay increases in July 2015 and…

Qantas seeks full repeal of act

A COMPROMISE bill to change the Qantas Sale Act hasn’t left the flying kangaroo jumping for joy and the carrier will keep lobbying for a full repeal of the legislation. Despite claims by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss that the changes went “some way to easing restrictive ownership provisions on Qantas”, market reaction to the…

Blaming workers belittles the “fair-go”

This year has started on a worrying note with Government Ministers blaming workers for receiving a decent, fair, living wage Industrial Relations Minister Eric Abetz recently said: “We risk seeing something akin to the ‘wages explosions’ of the pre-Accord era, when unsustainable wage growth simply pushed thousands of Australians out of work”. This belittles the very…

Know the facts on wages and employment

Since taking to power in September, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Coalition Government have relentlessly tried to frame the conversation on the Australian economy against working people and their hard won fair wages and conditions. But we need to be clear on the facts. Recent data has shown that in the year to 31st December…