The USU/ASU fought Virgin Australia’s decision to reduce average fortnightly hours of work for a group of parents seeking flexible working arrangements (FWAs) in the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
Virgin Australia had said that they wish to be able to reduce provisions for part-time employees who are guaranteed a minimum of 50 hours work per fortnight in your agreement, when they request a FWA. Under a new policy the Company wanted to be able to guarantee a meagre 30 hours each fortnight to parents who have caring responsibilities. They were not proposing to apply the same policy to other employees who may also need to elect to reduce their hours per fortnight with an Individual Flexibility Arrangement (IFA) provided in your agreement.
Outcome of the dispute
When the Union takes a dispute to the FWC, there is usually a final opportunity to agree to continue consultation and try to reach a resolution between you and the Company. The Company agreed to reconsider the individual reasons why members requested FWAs and whether there was an ability to make a better offer.
After further consideration, Virgin Australia has agreed to guarantee members who requested Flexible Working Arrangements more hours per fortnight.
Consultation with the Company to improve the current FWAs policy remains ongoing.
A better deal brought to you by union members
This outcome was secured by the hard work, unity and persistence of union members at Virgin Australia. If you’re not a member, now is the time to join.
Join with your colleagues to demand respect at work by joining the USU/ASU here: www.usu.org.au/join
If you have any questions speak with your local USU/ASU representatives.
Your Local USU/ASU Organisers:
NSW Josh Paterson 0419 761 320
VIC Imogen Sturni 0433 339 656
QLD Billy Colless 0419 736 886
SA/NT Kelly Bowey 0497 555 875
Your USU/ASU workplace representatives:
NSW Lorry Parissakis
NSW Tara Stewart
VIC Roxane Martinez
VIC Sarah Hogan
QLD Josh Brady