Resources restructure debacle

We had another meeting with Qantas on 23 August 2017 in Sydney. We got more detail on how the restructure is going to work and it is not pretty, in fact we have significant concerns that it will not work. Hidden in the small print is the fact that Qantas is intending that the new centralised Sydney base resource…

Time to tell us what you think

Your ASU national negotiating team met with VA management on Tuesday 15 August 2017. At that meeting VA made some proposals for changes to your enterprise agreement.  We now need feedback from members about what you think of the proposals, and what we should do next. ASU delegates and organisers will be holding workplace meetings in coming weeks to…

Resources Restructure Update

Unfortunately Qantas came to our scheduled meeting on 15th August 2017 with ASU delegates and officials completely unprepared to even explain why they want to centralise Airports Workforce planning.  They provided us with a broad brush presentation that effectively answered nothing.  We have therefore rescheduled a meeting to get all the answers on 23 August…

Jetstar EBA Bargaining to Commence!

ASU officers have been discussing commencing negotiations for a new EBA with Jetstar management. The current EBA expires for re-negotiation purposes 30 September 2017. What is the first step? Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR). The Fair Work Act requires Jetstar to provide all employees who are to be covered by, or, proposed to be…

Aerocare Collective Agreement 2017 Update

The Fair Work Commission has now held the approval hearing for the Aerocare Collective Agreement 2017. What did the ASU say to the Commission? At the hearing the ASU told the Commission that the agreement could not be approved as the Commission could not be satisfied that the agreement: Passed the pre-approval steps because Aerocare was confused about its…

Menzies Update

Meal break during overtime After months of negotiations and hearings at the Fair Work Commission, Menzies have finally written to staff to confirm they will provide time in lieu for those who weren’t previously provided with a meal break during overtime shifts.  This position was agreed to between the ASU and Menzies, and recommended by…

Women deserve super too!

New report reveals retirement is not so super for women. Following two major ASU surveys about retirement security, what we learned demanded further study and the search for solutions. Today we are proud to launch the report: “Not So Super, For Women: Superannuation and Women’s Retirement Outcomes”, in collaboration with progressive think tank Per Capita.…

Time to send a message to VA management

Your ASU negotiating team met with management again on 25 July 2017. We discussed a range of matters including: Making sure the workplace consultative committee works fairly Ensuring that the job selection process used by VA for promotions and progression is fair Enshrining a procedure to make sure annual leave applications are dealt with promptly…

Qantas National Airports Meeting

Your ASU representatives met with Qantas management on Monday the 17th of July for a meeting of the Airports National Rostering Committee, and to discuss work health & safety and payroll issues. Rostering Proof of Concept As well as the national meeting on Monday, the ASU has had a number of local discussions to work…

Staff reject Emirates’ offer

All the way through bargaining Emirates has taken a hard-line on all proposals put forward by employee representatives. From mid-2016, the ASU has tried to renegotiate the 2014 Agreement with Management on behalf of ASU members. In consultation with you and other bargaining reps, we put a comprehensive list of claims to Emirates. Emirates’ was…

Qantas Roster POC Update

This morning the ASU received confirmation from Qantas that the Flexible Rostering Preference Proof of Concept (POC) would be put on hold until genuine consultation has occurred and we are able to get answers to the many issues that have arisen from the proposed roster trial. The ASU fully supports a roster system that provides…