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VARA Cabin Crew

The TWU is gearing up for a major campaign to improve the pay, conditions and work-life balance of Vara Cabin Crew.

The campaign will mirror the highly successful Virgin Cabin Crew campaign which recently delivered a ground breaking agreement for the Virgin staff.

The agreement set a new, industry standard for the pay, conditions and working life of cabin crew throughout Australia.

TWU aviation sector organizer Matt Rocks, who played an integral part in the campaign, came to Perth recently to conduct a two-day training course for Vara cabin crew delegates.

For those who don’t know – VARA - which was formerly Skywest, operates regional services throughout Australia.

Our aim now is get a decent pay increase for their cabin crews and maintain the conditions that are in the old Skywest agreement.


Cobham Aviation

Cabin crew who fly with Cobham Aviation on their blue tails, have also been joining us in good numbers and we’ll soon be going into bat for them too.

Their current agreement expires in late March 2016 and preparations are underway for the negotiations when they begin.

We expect to have a log of claims ready by early January.

Our Cobham Crew delegates Jodie Crawford and Aletta Du Preez have already been busy consulting with their colleagues and we can’t wait to get started.

There’s plenty of work to do but members, delegates, and TWU officials throughout Australia are up for the fight and determined to win good outcomes.



Cabin Crew talks commenced with the Qantas owned Network Aviation on November 23 and we’ll be going all out to get the best deal possible.

We have had several meetings with our dedicated team of delegates which includes Georgina Draper, Kelsie McGregor and Laura Heard.

2016 will be a big year for cabin crew members as we work on a number of fronts to improve their conditions.

Cabin crew campaigns