Valet parking workers to lose jobs over AWAs

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Valet parking workers to lose jobs over AWAs

The Australian Services Union (ASU) expects about two-thirds of staff at Qantas’ Valet Parking at Tullamarine Airport will work their last shifts today because they are refusing to sign AWAs with the new operator.

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The Australian Services Union (ASU) expects about two-thirds of staff at Qantas’ Valet Parking at Tullamarine Airport will work their last shifts today because they are refusing to sign AWAs with the new operator. 

From Saturday, Equity Valet Parking will take over Qantas’ valet parking service at major airports.  

The ASU and the employees has been in dispute with the new contractor since it demanded the workers sign AWAs that, according to the union, stripped away conditions such as overtime and shift loading and paid meal breaks and reduced the pay of customer service staff by between $150 and $300 per week. The union says the new contractor has re-issued its AWA offer three times in nine days.  

Company rejects collective agreement
 
ASU Victorian branch secretary Ingrid Stitt said the union had met with the Equity Valet Parking this week to discuss its AWA concerns and the workforces’ preference for a collective agreement.
 
She said the
company rejected the workers preference for a collective agreement. 

‘They have refused to correct the AWA which by their own acknowledgement is deficient in parts,’ Stitt said. ‘Instead of sitting down and negotiating a sensible solution they are now, in an act of desperation, attaching a memo to their third AWA offer.’  

No alternative
 
Stitt said some staff will be faced with no alternative but to sign this AWA today.   

‘We understand that with mortgage requirements, bills and family pressures some need job continuity,’ she said.   

‘What is unfortunate is that with the current WorkChoices laws we won’t know for months if this AWA passes the fairness test.’
 
Stitt said some staff who would complete their last shifts today had been working for Qantas Valet Parking for more than 18 years.  

Protest rally
 
A union protest rally will be held at Tullamarine Airport tomorrow, starting at 11am.

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