BREAKING: Fair Work Commission Rejects Aerocare Agreement as it does not meet legal minimum standards

On 31 August the Fair work commission rejected the substandard Aerocare agreement that was opposed by the Australian Services Union and the TWU. This is a significant decision and has wide implications across the airline industry, including in the highly competitive ground handling market. As ASU members know, the Aerocare model of split shifts at…

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.…