COVID-19 and Airservices Australia

First, an introduction… if a little belated

My name is Graeme Price. While you may have seen my name before, as I have been (and still am) the local organiser for Airservices in Victoria, I am new to the role of Airservices national organiser and with recent fast moving events, this is the first opportunity I’ve had to introduce myself.

I am looking forward to working with you all to ensure we get through these challenging times as best as we can. It is important that you know your union is here for you. In the past few weeks we’ve been assisting thousands of members with advice and support, and we will continue to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns about your working conditions, please contact us by emailing airservices@cpsu.org.au or our Member Service Centre on 1300 137 636.

Report back from meeting with National HR

On Wednesday, the CPSU met (remotely) with National HR. We expressed concerns about a number of issues but particularly the use of leave. The response from Airservices is that:

  • No one is being directed to take recreation leave. While acknowledging some of the unfortunately worded communications so far, you are not being directed to use your rec leave. It is entirely voluntary however Airservices is seeking to reduce its leave liability, so if you fancy a staycation, both Airservices and the CPSU highly encourage it.
  • Payroll is not accepting cancellations of leave but supervisors might. According to Airservices this direction regarding leave is intended to stop employees from contacting payroll to cancel leave directly. There is, however, some flexibility. Employees who wish to cancel or reschedule leave are encouraged to speak to their supervisor.

Working from home

Your safety, and the safety of those around you, is our number one priority. Airservices are ramping up their use of working from home arrangements. Where it is possible for an employee to work from home, it should be approved.

For those of you who are required to attend work, your workplace needs to be adhering to social distancing principles and following the latest health and hygiene advice from the Department of Health and the Chief Medical Officer. Airservices advised that they have increased cleaning services and are working on ways to segregate operational areas from non-operational areas.

In the midst of crisis, it’s good to know

When it comes to your rights at work during a crisis, CPSU membership is your best protection. If your colleagues are not yet members, please encourage them to join.

Like no other time in recent memory have Australians joined together for the common good. Every new member helps us look after you, other Airservices employees but also the wider Australian community. Send your colleagues a message to join online today.

On behalf of the CPSU, stay safe, look after yourself and each other.

Graeme Price, CPSU National Organiser

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