Babies, bosses and big workplace changes

Laws that benefit women in the workplace need to be strengthened so that female staff are less dependent on an employer’s whim. Not too many people will be surprised by Tony Abbott’s decision to ditch his signature policy on paid parental leave. It was an unpopular policy that seemed to disproportionately favour women who needed…

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Toll Passenger Services EBA Update

Your ASU national negotiating team for Toll Dnata Passenger services last met with the company on 12th February 2015 after a number of delays in finalizing a meeting date. The company representatives came only with a prepared statement about the problems in the company with little ability to negotiate anything but with plenty of excuses…

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Telephone Sales Update

Today Victorian ASU Officials, Delegates and rostering committee representatives met with Qantas to try to settle issues associated with the company’s decision to change shift work rosters in Melbourne for the last 4 months of the operation at the Camberwell call centre. Based on feedback from ASU members to date, the ASU sought to resolve…

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It’s Groundhog day at AaE

Your ASU National negotiating team met with AaE management in Sydney on 26th February 2015 for our 4th meeting and despite promises that the company would be ready to talk seriously about your agreement we had just another meeting going over old ground about our claims with little response or offers from the company. It…

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Vote No and send Dnata a clear message

As you would all be aware by now Dnata representatives have decided to attempt to bypass the union by putting the EBA out for a vote of employees without reaching agreement with the Unions.  Effectively this is saying to you that they no longer have an interest in negotiating with you or listening to anything…

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Dnata Shift giveaways & swaps

The ASU was recently advised that the company intended to stop people giving away shifts that they did not want or could not work, this was going to commence in approximately 3 weeks’ time.  We were also advised that the company was considering limiting the number of shift swaps that people could do as well…

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The review of Workplace Relations and what it means for me

The Abbott Government recently announced they would ask the Productivity Commission to conduct a review of Australia’s ‘workplace relations framework’. We’ve been asked by many members what this actually means.  Simply put, it means the Abbott Government is seeking to have the Commission review the laws and the Federal Government institutions that oversee these laws…

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Reasonable hours of work and overtime

The ASU has been dealing with a number of enquiries regarding hours and reasonable overtime. The queries have mainly come from individuals who have an individual contract as part of their conditions of employment. Some of these employees on individual contracts are also not covered by either an Enterprise Agreement or Award usually because of…

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Jetstar – ASU Members Endorse EBA 5

It’s been an endurance event, but after lengthy negotiations we finally have an agreement which ASU members have endorsed in meetings across Australia. The proposed EBA provides a number of significant improvements in some important terms and conditions of our work. As ASU members now endorse the EBA we encourage all staff to vote ‘YES’…

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Telephone Sales Update

Following further representations to Qantas by the union, the ASU has received confirmation that Qantas will honour the 6 month exclusion period for staff who have been made redundant from Australian call centres who are seeking re-employment within the Qantas Group.  This comes after changes to Qantas group policy at the end of 2014 which…

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