May 29, 2020

Aviation workers call for a national plan

Coronavirus restrictions implemented by the Federal Government have almost entirely shut down the aviation industry. Workers are facing unprecedented turmoil:

  • Thousands of workers forced into stand-down
  • Virgin Australia pushed into administration
  • Taxpaying workers excluded from the JobKeeper wage subsidy
  • Thousands of job losses across Virgin, Qantas and Dnata
  • Qantas outsourcing 2,500 jobs
  • Qantas and Jetstar workers failed on safety
  • Jetstar misusing JobKeeper to pocket workers’ entitlements
  • Qantas refusing seriously ill workers their accrued sick leave

The Federal Government must urgently act to implement an AviationKeeper payment system to support the industry for as long as it needs.

Sign the petition on this page to support our call for a national plan to ensure the long-term stability of the industry and fairness for thousands of workers.

Click here for a template to make a submission to the Aviation Senate Inquiry (Word doc will automatically download to your computer)

Click here for aviation workers survey results showing 60% are suffering from depression

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Our claim

Aviation workers are coming together across Australia to call on the Government to develop a national plan which ensures the long-term stability and protection of the industry. That means:

  • A two airline model
  • Government stakes in airlines
  • Accessible and affordable services for regional communities
  • Protection and promotion of regional jobs
  • AviationKeeper for all aviation workers
  • Same pay for the same job for all aviation workers
  • Safe supply chains
  • Capped CEO salaries; and
  • Regulation of airports

The fight for AviationKeeper

To stop our essential industry collapsing, we need our jobs and companies protected so that when Australia is ready to fly, we are too.

As part of our call on the Morrison Federal Government to support a national aviation plan, we are demanding the immediate introduction of an AviationKeeper payment system. It is vital that we support aviation workers with an AviationKeeper payment system that will:

  • Apply to all aviation workers regardless of who owns their company
  • Be paid on time and fairly
  • Extend past the JobKeeper expiry date of March 2021
  • Only be phased out in line with the reopening of skies and borders

Join the fight for AviationKeeper:

  1. Sign and share the petition bit.ly/AviationKeeperPetition
  2. Post to social media using #AviationKeeper and tagging in Scott Morrison
  3. Share your story with us at twu@twu.com.au

Click here for the joint letter to the Prime Minister from unions and employers calling for AviationKeeper

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