ASU to urge members to back 'super' Qantas deal

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ASU to urge members to back 'super' Qantas deal

Qantas ground staff are set to approve a new enterprise deal with Qantas which offers annual wage rises of 3%, improved superannuation, better maternity leave and high classifications for some workers.

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Qantas ground staff are set to approve a new enterprise deal with Qantas which offers annual wage rises of 3%, improved superannuation, better maternity leave and high classifications for some workers.

The deal was worked out at a marathon negotiation session last Wednesday.

Highlights

Under the deal Qantas will:

  • Increase company superannuation contributions for staff from 9% to 10% (for staff in accumulation funds)
  • Provide salary sacrifice for staff compulsory contributions into the Qantas defined benefit Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 (a tax saving of an average 1.3%)
  • Provide 12 weeks paid maternity leave (10 weeks in EBA, two weeks in policy)
  • Improve access to 104 weeks unpaid parental leave

The package also includes:

  • three year deal from 1 July 2007
  • 3% p.a. pay rise from 1 July 2007
  • Increase in allowances
  • Increase to $993 for Load Control Allowance
  • Commitment to meet about an EBA for QDS
  • Improved Part-Time Clause
  • Consolidation of Airline Officers and QFIT Award in EBA 8
  • Salary sacrifice for QF bonuses and committee to review extending salary sacrifice to motor vehicles
  • Settlement of 22.5% shift allowance dispute

Under the deal Qantas will no longer pay 'queue combers' and E-Check-in hosts at airports on Level 2 of the classification structure. All new starters for customer service jobs at airports will start on Level 2, Year 1, for six months only while learning their jobs and then progress immediately to Level 3.

Achieved objectives

The ASU said in a statement that it had achieved our objectives to hold onto hard won conditions under WorkChoices, 'but it has not been easy'.

'Qantas would not have been able to try and decrease standards if it had not been for WorkChoices,' it said.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Geoff Dixon said a recent bonus of $1,000 and distribution of $1,000 in shares and the improvement to superannuation and parental leave provisions would ensure that all Qantas employees benefit from a strongly performing Qantas.

The ASU Qantas National Negotiating Team (NNT) will recommend acceptance of the offer at a meeting of ASU delegates on Thursday 6 December 2007.

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