Airlines must stand by their workers – Media Release

As the airline industry braces for its most significant challenge in over a decade the Australian Services Union has called on employers to invest in their workforce through the tough times. Download Media Release here. Secretary of the ASU’s Victorian Private Sector Branch Matt Norrey said with the increased restrictions on air travel it’s important…

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Menzies EBA 2017 Survey

The Menzies Sydney and Melbourne Airport EBA expires on 31 January 2017. So that ASU can make claims that reflect the views of members covered by the next agreements we hope you will fill out this short survey about what you think is important to include in the next agreement. The results of the survey…

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Qantas ground staff EBA ground-breaking

Qantas ground staff EBA ground-breaking The new Qantas ground staff EBA has been hailed as ground-breaking by the union leadership following a 93% vote in favour of the EBA by members. As well as pay increases, the EBA contains domestic and family violence leave and family friendly provisions which help address retirement income inequality.  The…

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Union protests call centre jobs to be sent offshore

The Australian Services Union says Transburban has outsourced 50 of its call centre jobs to the Philippines. The union is holding a protest this afternoon outside the Transurban offices at Docklands. Union spokeswoman Ingrid Stitt told Neil Mitchell the fight to save jobs isn’t over. “It’s approximately 50 jobs, it’s actually in the Salmat call centre that Transurban…

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ASU to fight Salmat jobs

The Australian Services Union has today called on Transurban to stand by Australian workers as its call centre supplier, Salmat announced it will axe around 50 jobs from its call centre in Melbourne and offshoring jobs to Manila. ASU Victorian Private Sector Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, said that the move by Salmat was simply unconscionable…

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Qantas March results show higher domestic yields

The Cricket World Cup again proved a boon to Qantas in March, helping to strongly push up domestic yields as higher passenger loads also buoyed international yields. The airline said Qantas International and Jetstar International reported a “strong improvement’’ in revenue per available seat kilometre. March passenger numbers at Qantas International were up 7.6 per…

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Qantas: We need commitment on local jobs

The Australian Services Union slammed Qantas for creating new call centre positions in New Zealand when its Melbourne call centre operations are set to close mid next year. ASU Victorian Assistant Branch Secretary, David Leydon, said that the union has sought transparency from the company throughout the process but that this shows that Qantas is…

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Coles to slash over 400 jobs?

After much speculation, Coles has today confirmed with the Australian Services Union the parameters of its massive restructure this morning in its Tooronga offices in Melbourne. ASU Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, says that she is glad that jobs will not be offshored but still maintains that job losses of this magnitude is deeply worrying in…

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Coles: Where are the jobs going?

Fairfax media has reported today that Coles plans to cut between 500 and 600 jobs from its head office in Melbourne tomorrow as part of a renewed efficiency drive. ASU Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, received no notification from the company, but says that if it is accurate, the union will seek information from Coles about…

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ASU: poor management behind record QANTAS loss

The Australian Services Union has accused Qantas management of driving Australia’s national airline into the ground following a $2.84 billion loss statement announced this morning. ASU Victorian Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, says the current board’s position in support of Alan Joyce’s plans for the airline is untenable, and that Qantas management needs a plan for…

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More Pain for Target Geelong Workforce

The Australian Services Union has condemned the decision to axe another 23 jobs from its North Geelong head office, after having made over 250 workers redundant just over a year ago. ASU Victorian Private Sector Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, said that today is a sad and difficult time for the workers and their families who…

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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…

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QANTAS not the spirit of Australia

The Australian Services Union Victorian Private Sector Branch has expressed outrage at the decision by Qantas to close down the Melbourne and Brisbane call centres. The Victorian call centre is based in Camberwell and employs 320 Victorians, and the Brisbane call centre employs 270. ASU Victorian Branch Secretary Ingrid Stitt said this is a short-sighted…

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Black day for QANTAS workers

The Australian Services Union (Victorian Private Sector branch) labelled the Qantas decision to shed employees as short sighted and has vowed to fight for every job. ASU Victorian Private Sector Branch Secretary Ingrid Stitt said that the Qantas announcement is devastating for the hard working staff. “It’s outrageous that so many Qantas staff are going…

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