As a part of the change to rosters, Virgin Australia abolished the AM and PM preference process for part-time port workers. While the majority of those who voted supported the change in roster pattern, it has had a perverse effect of providing less flexibility for some workers by impacting caring responsibilities.

We have written to Virgin Australian calling for the return of the AM and PM preference system and shift giveaways. It will assist those with immediate responsibilities they need to attend to. 

If the recent changes have negatively impacted your life and you fall within the following categories, speak with your Organiser for advice on applying for a Flexible Working Arrangement.

Currently, under the Fair Work Act, an employee who has worked with the same employer for at least 12 months can request flexible working arrangements if they:

  1. are the parent or have responsibility for the care of a child who is school-aged or younger 
  2. are a carer (under the Carer Recognition Act 2010) 
  3. have a disability 
  4. are 55 or older 
  5. are experiencing family or domestic violence, or 
  6. provide care or support to a member of their household or immediate family who requires care and support because of family or domestic violence. 

Employers can refuse flexible working arrangements on ‘reasonable business grounds’, so make sure you get in touch with our team to discuss it. 

If you or your colleagues aren’t already members of the USU/ASU, we encourage you to join your union today at


If you have any questions about this email or need any assistance at work, please contact your USU organiser Thomas Russell on 0419 761 320 or via email at