April 15, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic has hit aviation hard, forcing Virgin Australia into voluntary administration. For the time being, workers still have their jobs and JobKeeper payments continue. As part of the Committee of Inspection, the TWU is fighting hard to ensure Virgin workers get the best possible outcome.

This is a difficult time for Virgin workers, but we have a unique opportunity to shape Virgin’s future and protect jobs.

Have your say

Workers’ voices must be front and centre of this process. Tell us what matters most to you by completing this survey.

Virgin administration process

Virgin Australia workers have the ability to influence how the airline moves forward. It’s important we work together to use this opportunity to ensure the best possible outcome for workers including secure jobs, pay and conditions.

Thank you to all workers that nominated TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine to be your proxy. We have over a thousand proxy votes, meaning we have a strong, independent union voice throughout this process.

The four bidders will be shortlisted to two in early June, after which point they will provide binding bids to be reviewed by the Committee of Inspection. We will be assessing these bids according to their commitment to workers.

It is important that we’re able to represent workers’ wishes. We’re regularly consulting with delegates and workers, and you can help us further represent you by completing this survey.


Click here for a Facebook Live Q&A with TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine.

Government assurance

We need the Federal Government to implement a national plan to ensure the long-term stability of the aviation industry, ensure fairness for workers and importantly give bidders the assurance that this is an industry they can invest in.

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

Join our National Day of Action

On Thursday 4 June, aviation workers will take to all major capitals to collectively put pressure on the government to implement a national plan. Contact your branch for details about your local action, or if you can’t make it but will join a digital action on the day.

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.

Send a video message to Scott Morrison

Film a quick (less than 2 mins) message and post it to social media using #SaveVirgin #SaveAviation. Don’t forget to tag @ScottMorrisonMP. If you don’t have social media you can send your video to media@twu.com.au and we’ll send it for you. Here’s a suggested script:

My name is [first name],

I have worked at Virgin Australia for _____.

We need the Federal Government to implement a national aviation plan to ensure our industry is sustainable and fair. We need your help to save Virgin and save thousands of jobs. My Virgin job [say something about what your job means to you and your family, e.g what you enjoy, paying bills, mortgage/rent, kids, hobbies, what you’re saving for].

Scott Morrison, keep us flying once this crisis is over.


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:

#SaveVirgin   #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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