Know Your Rights – Right to be represented

As a Union member you have the right to be represented by the ASU whether that be as a group of employees or as an individual. If you are called into a meeting by management to discuss any issue relating to your employment, including issues around your performance, disciplinary matters or sick leave, to mention…

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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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Slater & Gordon – Negotiations continue

On 14 July 2014, the ASU National Negotiating Team met with management for our 5th meeting about the new Enterprise Agreement. The ASU presented the remaining claims and the parties discussed issues such as casual conversion and car parking that had been raised at previous meetings. The key discussion about the ‘job families’ proposal (discussed…

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Qantas to remain majority Australian owned

We have some welcome news. Late last night the Abbott Government backed down from their push to open up foreign ownership of Qantas by repealing the Qantas Sale Act. There was no support in the Senate for amendments that could have seen thousands of jobs off-shored. This is your win. In March this year, ASU…

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Blaming workers belittles the “fair-go”

This year has started on a worrying note with Government Ministers blaming workers for receiving a decent, fair, living wage Industrial Relations Minister Eric Abetz recently said: “We risk seeing something akin to the ‘wages explosions’ of the pre-Accord era, when unsustainable wage growth simply pushed thousands of Australians out of work”. This belittles the very…

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RACV MCC – stress in the workplace

I write to give you an update on our efforts to start some meaningful discussions with management around stress levels in the MCC and how these matters affect your day to day working conditions of employment. As you will recall from recent email newsletters to you from the Union we conducted a widespread survey of…

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Qantas Tele Sales Update

Qantas has now decided to extend the time frame for all EOIs that are being sent out today in telephone sales to 1st August 2014. Earlier in the week the company had proposed that there would be 2 cut off dates for the EOIs – 4th July 2014 and 1st August 2014 if staff wanted…

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Qantas Tele Sales Update

ASU representatives including your ASU Delegates from Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart met with Qantas management in Sydney on 1 July to receive an update on the call centre consolidation. Qantas gave the union an update on the EOI process and other staff related matters. This update included: Advise on how many completed EOI’s had been…

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RACV MCC – stress in the workplace

I write to tell you that the ASU has, this morning, made application to the Fair Work Commission for a hearing to consider matters relating to stress in your workplace. The reasons for this notification to the Commission include: 1. The Stress Survey we conducted in the MCC 2. The many phone calls and emails…

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