On 20 February 2017 your ASU delegates met with management and gave them a list of the changes that ASU members want to see in their new agreement.
Survey and our claims
The ASU received significant feedback from our EBA survey telling us what improvements members want in the new agreement. Some of the main changes raised by staff are:
- Fair pay rises to make sure your wages reflect the level of the work you do
- Eliminate the new ROS day
- Part time staff to be paid overtime rates for all work performed in addition to rostered hours
- Ensure that “chronologies” are used fairly and transparently
- Limit the use of contractors and provide a commitment that jobs will not be offshored.
A full list of ASU member claims can be found here.
Over the coming days the ASU will be seeking your feedback on the proposed log of claims and asking for member endorsement.
Virgin management says that it will provide us with a preliminary response to our claims when we next meet on 20 March.
At that meeting management will also outline the changes they want to see in the Agreement. We don’t yet know what management will want. However, management has made it clear that big changes could be coming – they are interested in finding “efficiencies” and “flexibility”. This could mean things like shorter shift lengths or greater use of contractors. Time will tell what specific changes management want to make in the new agreement, but now is the time for Virgin Guest Services staff to work together and get ready to protect our existing conditions, and get the improvements we want to see.
If you haven’t already joined the ASU, you can join online here: https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
For further information contact your local ASU delegates or ASU organiser Imogen Sturni at firstname.lastname@example.org