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Union wants Jetstar to grant family violence leave

October 1, 2013 Corporate, Headline News 3 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The Australian Services Union (ASU) is pressing Jetstar to provide its members with family violence leave and a foreign language allowance.

The demands are listed among claims that union representatives will pursue in the next round of enterprise bargaining with Jetstar, which begins later this month.

The ASU is a significant union in the transport industry, including in airlines, shipping, railways, road transport and ports. Rembrandt - www.rembrandtbkk

The ASU’s National Negotiating Team (NNT) met with Jetstar management in Melbourne in September to start negotiations for the ASU Jetstar Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) 5.

The union provided Jetstar representatives with detailed versions of some of its claims, as follows:

  • Claim 3 – increase of part time hours to 20 or 25 hours.
  • Claim 9 – penalty payments for meal breaks after five hours work.
  • Claim 10 – improved job selection processes.
  • Claim 12 – foreign language allowance.
  • Claim 19 – public holiday penalties for work on actual and substitute days.
  • Claim 20 – family violence leave.
  • Claim 22 – 12 hour breaks between shifts. 

Several meetings have been scheduled during October 2013 to discuss the EBA.

Family violence leave is fairly self-explanatory – it means leave to deal with effects of family violence. The idea is to protect workers from losing their jobs if they are trying to escape a cycle of family violence.

The ACTU Congress in May this year passed a resolution that family and domestic violence is a workplace issue in which unions should help victims maintain paid employment as they sought to escape the violence.

A foreign language allowance is an allowance paid to a worker who learns or possesses language skills or qualifications for the purpose of providing client or staff services in a language other than English.

If Jetstar doesn’t know the definition already, it soon will.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Hmmm. So now not only are anglo-saxon kids going to be disadvantaged in getting these jobs because they don’t normally have a second languuage but if they do get the job they’ll be paid less just because they don’t have parents from a non-english speaking background. Sounds like reverse discrimination to me.

  2. Robyn Lawley says:

    What about leave or an allowance for travel agents that have to deal with jetstar, thats a form of abuse too!

  3. Krissy says:

    Well Agent Gerko, perhaps it would finally be an advantage for those kids from ethnic backgrounds, who have likely been discriminated against throughout their lives as they were deemed “different” by their peers, as is a common situation in many Australian societies.

    Perhaps this will encourage some Australians who have the false vision that English is the only language spoken in the world, to get out there and learn another language.

    I am not from an Ethnic background, my parents speak only English, I’m as Australian as they come, but I have learnt to speak 2 other foreign languages fluently by studying, travelling and living in other counties where they spoke no English. I consider this to be a skill that I posses that others do not, and I have spent a lot of money and time on learning these languages to increase my employability. Why shouldn’t people like me get paid extra for it? It’s the same as having a forklift licence or some extra qualification which you get paid extra for, as it makes the daily operation of a company run more smoothly.

    Reverse discrimination!!!???? Hardly….

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