A survey of over 400 cabin crew shows high rates of sexual harassment
The Australian Government Department of Health has provided advice for the airline industry.
Should you be exposed to the virus and need to self-isolate, you should be paid for your time. Contact your delegate or official if you have any issues arising from this.
All workers have the right to cease unsafe work. Before ceasing unsafe work we strongly recommend speaking to your HSR, or if they’re unavailable your delegate or official.
To cease unsafe work, you must be able to give a reason for elevated concern. In terms of the coronavirus outbreak this could include but is not limited to:
When ceasing work, you must make the employer aware of the issue promptly, and you must make yourself available for alternate duties.
WHS law prevents an employer from discriminating against or disciplining a worker for raising a safety concern. The TWU will always fight to protect and defend members who stand up for safety. No issue is more important than our safety on the job.
If you have further questions, contact your HSR, TWU delegate, official or member services.
The TWU has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, airports and airlines and is holding regular talks with major airlines and airport contractors about what they’re doing to protect workers. You can find the letters and responses at the bottom of this page.
In an appalling response to a global health emergency, Qantas has threatened, intimidated and stood down workers rather than supporting them or providing all the protections they need.
A worker, who was a trained health and safety representative, was stood down for giving advice to colleagues about their rights regarding the coronavirus. Prior to this, Qantas sent disciplinary letters to workers who ceased work on a flight from China threatening their jobs if they did so again.
Following these intimidation tactics, workers had to service the plane that had transported Australians from the epicentre of the virus and had not yet been cleaned. Workers were required to strip the plane of catering and linen without any protective eye gear or training on risk management.
Click PLAY below to hear TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine on 2GB Alan Jones Breakfast Show – “Qantas employee stood down” (6 Feb 2020)
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine has voiced the concerns of aviation workers and led the charge calling for flights to be suspended.
“Airport workers are on the frontline of this. When it’s clear that the virus is still spreading like wildfire throughout the world, the best way to transmit it is to put people on a plane. This is just an incubator for problems. Until and unless we have certainty that our airport workers and the public will be protected from the deadly coronavirus, we must cut off flights from the source.”
Click PLAY below to hear Michael Kaine on the 2GB Alan Jones Breakfast Show – “Calls to cancel all flights from China” (3 Feb 2020)
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