ASU calls for stable and predictable rosters at the Fair Work Commission

Date: 8/02/2024

The ASU is actively advocating for overhauling the current rostering system in the airline industry. Stable and predictable rosters are essential in ensuring the healthy work-life balance of our members.

The Fair Work Commission is undertaking a thorough review to explore avenues for establishing stable and predictable rosters. The ASU is urging the Fair Work Commission to adopt a suite of changes that would afford enhanced protections for workers.

Our proposal aims to correct the current inequities in work-life balance favouring employers. We are calling for the establishment of an industry minimum standard to include:

1. Minimum published roster period of 28 days
2. Minimum notice period of 14 days for roster changes
3. Overtime compensation for work outside the notified roster
4. Limit of 5 consecutive workdays without a day’s break
5. Daily maximum working time limit of 12 hours.

For part-time employees, our proposals include:

1. Establishment of a fair and relevant safety net
2. Guarantee of reasonably predictable hours
3. Documentation of a written agreement outlining a regular work pattern
4. Overtime compensation for work outside the notified roster/agreed hours
5. Pro-rata pay and conditions equivalent to full-time employees
6. Provision enabling employees to request an update to contractual work hours.

This proposal aligns with our union’s commitment to ensuring the well-being and rights of airline workers. We believe that implementing these changes will create a more balanced and equitable working environment. The Fair Work Commission will consider our submission alongside those of employers and other unions. We will keep you updated as this process unfolds. 

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