Over the past few months Virgin management have been conducting consultations with ground crew jobshare employees at airports about how a new jobshare policy might operate.
Jobshare was raised in our enterprise agreement discussions and the company committed to looking at the policy and working to improve it, not only for current jobsharers but for team members who want access to jobshare positions in the future.
Consultation has now commenced with ASU delegates and representatives about what the company is considering. We had a teleconference with the company on 12th February and then a face to face meeting on 8th April 2015.
What do we know?
Although there has been a number of job share policies for ground crew over a long period how the policy has been applied has varied between locations and the way in which jobshare has been applied in some airports has lacked transparency and the criteria used for granting it has not been uniform nor has there been any clear understanding of how many jobshare positions will be available in each airport.
All but one current jobshare position in airports is in guest services according to the company and there appears to be significant demand for jobshare positions although exactly how many people want these positions is not clear as there is no formal waitlist.
There also appears to be a number of jobsharers who have contracts that have long ago expired or who never had an end date.
What other issues are there?
Although there is an existing policy (which has many problems) a number of other issues arise from drafting a new policy – for example:
- What happens if your jobshare partner leaves? Do you finish jobshare, or start with a new partner? Does the new partnership restart or continue for the balance of the old partnership?
- How is the length of a jobhare arrangement determined?
- How is overtime paid?
- Can a jobsharer do higher duties – how does this work?
- How could a waitlist for jobshare work?
- How do existing jobsharers transition onto the new policy?
- How many jobshare positions can there be in each airport? How is this determined?
- Should each jobsharer get days in lieu for public holidays and recognition days not share them?
- Should a jobsharer have a right to go back to their original position when jobshare is finished e.g. back to full time position not part time?
And there are many, many more issues.
ASU delegates have already been consulting with jobshare members and other members who want jobshare to gather feedback about what members want. If you have input or suggestions for the ASU contact your local ASU delegate or organisers ASAP to make sure we understand what your thoughts are.
You need to do this ASAP.
The ASU delegates are formulating a response to the jobshare policy proposal from management. Your input is vital. If you want to be involved contact your local ASU organisers/delegates who will organise meetings of interested members to discuss our response.