April 15, 2020

Virgin administration

Virgin workers have held strong through months of turmoil after Virgin went into administration. We are now closer to reaching some certainty with the release of the creditor’s report and the upcoming vote on 4 September, during which creditors will vote on the Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA). All TWU members will be represented by TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine at the meeting, unless opting out. See below for further details.

Message from TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine:

If you can’t make the briefing at 2pm on 31 August, register anyway and you’ll be able to watch a recording of it later.

2nd creditor’s meeting

TWU members are automatically represented at the meeting, with TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine as your proxy vote. You do not need to do anything for this to occur. It is only if you choose to represent yourself or nominate a different proxy that you will need to register on Halo and follow the instructions of the administrators.

Michael and the TWU are very experienced in these processes, and Michael has been a key figure in ensuring Bain Capital offers a fuller capacity Virgin with a longterm plan and consultation with workers. If you have any questions or concerns about the proxy vote, please contact your delegate or official.



The fight for #AviationKeeper

It’s been six months since the Federal Government closed borders and shut down the aviation industry, yet there’s still no national plan to save this vital industry. TWU members have been fighting hard, and together with other unions secured a government backflip which locked in a JobKeeper scheme, and then an extension of that scheme to March 2021. But we know that this doesn’t go far enough. There are still thousands of aviation workers locked out of the scheme, and aviation will be one of the last industries to recover.

Virgin’s administration and job losses, Qantas’ $2bn loss and job losses, and Dnata and SNP workers locked out of JobKeeper are all reasons why we must keep fighting for specific support for aviation and its skilled, experienced workforce. We’re making good progress with public and political awareness of our fight. We must keep up the pressure so that support is extended to all aviation workers and beyond March.

Find out below what you can do to keep up the pressure on the Federal Government.

Contact your local MP

Politicians need to hear how this uncertainty is affecting you, to lock in their support for a national aviation plan.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Call (02) 9523 0339 or click here

Twitter: @ScottMorrisonMP

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

Call (02) 6921 4600 or click here

Twitter: @M_McCormackMP

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

Call (03) 9882 3677 Or click here.

Twitter: @JoshFrydenberg

Contact your Senator or Member of Parliament

find your local MP here.

Spread the word

Make sure you’re following @TWUAus on social media, and engage in the conversation. Politicians can’t ignore our call if we create an online storm! Make sure you tag @ScottMorrisonMP and use the hashtags:

#AviationKeeper   #SaveAviation


Your TWU is with you every step of the way. If you need to talk, contact your delegate or official. Further help is also available: Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hours) | BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636 (24 hours)

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