Your new Australian Services Union (Qantas Airways Limited) Agreement 12 is now in operation. You can find a copy of the Agreement via the Fair Work Commission website here and a copy of the ASU Qantas EBA 12 Shiftwork Rates of Pay here.
Qantas has now confirmed that backpay will be paid on 6 June, and the $5,000 bonus (and 2018 Profit Bonus to eligible members) on a separate date in that week.
Know Your EBA – What are my rights with NIL 48?
ASU members have fought hard for better work-life balance at Qantas, so it is important that we exercise our rights when it comes to late roster changes.
The ASU EBA ensures members are paid double time for the entire shift when Qantas changes a shift by 30 minutes or more with less than 48 hours’ notice—known as a NIL 48.
However, Qantas says they can avoid paying double time where the change is made by “mutual agreement”. This means Qantas avoid paying you what you deserve because they can say you agreed to the change!
So, can I make sure I’m getting paid what I deserve?
When Qantas contacts you less than 48 hours before a shift, asking to change a shift by 30 minutes or more, make sure you say:
“Will I be paid double time for this shift if I accept the change?”
If Qantas says no, you can politely decline the change!
Qantas cannot remove the original shift from you or penalise you in any way for declining to ‘mutually agree’ to a shift change!
If everyone insists on their rights, Qantas will learn they MUST pay double time on NIL 48s! We have already seen examples where members have asked for their entitlements, and Qantas has obliged!
Don’t be paid less than you deserve. If you are unsure or haven’t been paid double-time rates, immediately contact your ASU delegates or ASU organiser.
If you are not already a member, now is the time to join. You can join online here: www.asu.asn.au/asujoin.