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Qantas Ground Services Breakthroughs

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A TWU negotiating team has secured vastly improved Qantas Ground Services pay and conditions including major breakthroughs in the creation of full-time jobs and payment of bonuses.

Despite saying QGS jobs would only ever be part-time, Qantas management has now agreed to provide 32 full-time positions within 6 months.

The locations and workplaces for these full-time positions will be confirmed through a consultative process with our union.

There will be ongoing reviews of fulltime positions in October each year and we will be hoping for more positions to be created.

Under the new agreement, all QGS employees will become eligible for two bonus payments:

BONUS 1: 5% of ordinary earnings calculated on 12 months ordinary time for the period immediately preceding ratification of the Agreement.

BONUS 2: $2,500 for part-timers; $3,000 for full-timers.

The new package also includes:

Two 3% pay increases;

Penalty rates for shift extensions and improvements in overtime rates;

Superannuation increase to 10%; Stability and consistency of rosters;

Domestic violence leave – up to 10 days;

Improvements in classifications

All training required by the company including computer based training to be conducted during paid time.

Meetings have been held in all states and our members have given the new deal their stamp of approval.

I would like to thank our local aviation organiser Glen Barron and all those QGS members who supported our campaign so strongly.

In difficult economic circumstances we have certainly come a long way.