Friday, 01 November 2013
FAAA BRISBANE AIRPORT DAY We are pleased to advise members that we are arranging a day @ Brisbane Airport to meet with Brisbane based Crew and any crew passing through Brisbane. This activity follows on from recent Perth, Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne visits. You may have seen some pics on social media! FAAA BRISBANE AIRPORT DAY TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER CABIN CREW FROM ALL AIRLINES ARE INVITED TIMES AND LOCATIONS WILL BE ADVISED IN A FURTHER NEWSLETTER AND SMS TO MEMBERS The catch ups are a great opportunity for you to meet your local (and interstate) FAAA Delegates and Team Coordinators; to ask any queries about current topics in your airline; to meet your FAAA Executive members and discuss national topics relevant all cabin crew; and a great opportunity to encourage fellow crew to come along and join your Association. We encourage you to forward this newsletter and you can also Like and Share this newsletter on Facebook and Twitter Facebook: FAAA Domestic/Regional Division Twitter: FAAA_National Written by Julia Armitt, Senior National Industrial OrganiserAuthorised by Jo-Ann Davidson, National Secretary FAAA ONE UNION – ONE VOICEPromotes and Furthers the Interests of Members
Thursday, 31 October 2013
TIMES HAVE CHANGED SO'S OUR NAMEFAAA – National Division We are excited to announce that Divisional Council unanimously endorsed a name change from the Domestic/Regional Division to the FAAA - National Division. The Fair Work Commission recently approved our Rule changes with our new name. We made the change to position the union for the future and to truly define what we do – the Flight Attendants' Association of Australia, as our name suggests, is THE industry union for all cabin crew flying throughout Australia in all States and Territories for all airlines. Therefore, we wanted to eliminate the unnecessary distinction between our domestic and our regional members. As our membership across Australia grows so too does the number of FAAA delegates to represent you. We are proud to have close to 80 FAAA representatives flying throughout all airlines – like no other, we truly are the union of cabin crew looking after cabin crew. We can be proud of our past and confident of our future as long as we stand united as a strong cohesive group. Cabin crew splintering into small 'cell' groups is in no one's interests. Clearly, some individuals, misguided or otherwise, do not understand the history or the values of trade unions and most importantly, where the real power and say for workers' rights emanates. It comes from standing together, putting egos, agendas and personal differences aside, and having a collective view. In our case, this is achieved by standing together with one FAAA voice and not allowing airlines to exploit the differences generated by cell groups that can never speak as one. We ask members not to indulge those who tell you they know better and are full of grandiose promises. One of the objectives of the FAAA is for all cabin crew to have the protection of their union. Perhaps you know someone who has not yet joined us. While we recognise their democratic right not to belong to their union, to accept benefits that union members have worked for, without contributing to the costs is not accepting the responsibility that belongs to all of us as cabin crew. I take this opportunity to thank all members for your continued support, to welcome all our new members and to welcome back all those members who have recently returned to us. If you would like to become more active to help maintain and improve our conditions of employment, please talk to one of our delegates on line or contact us on 1800 733 222. We are in the process of transitioning to our new name and will provide you with new electronic contacts shortly. In the meantime, please continue to use our current electronic addresses. Written and authorised by Jo-Ann Davidson, National Secretary on behalf of Divisional Council FAAAONE UNION – ONE VOICEPromotes and Furthers the Interests of Members
Thursday, 31 October 2013
FAAA RULES Further to our notice dated 8 October 2013, the Fair Work Commission approved the alterations to the Rules of the FAAA Domestic/Regional Divisionon 29 October 2013. Divisional Council approved the Rule changes: · To remove the distinction between our members who fly domestic mainline and our members who fly regionally/intrastate – Newsletter to follow. · To reflect and better represent the community of interest and commonality of our members within a constantly changing airline industry. · To align the two divisional structures of the FAAA, an approach supported by the International Division. · To give special recognition to the significance of work, health and safety to the role of cabin crew. NATIONAL DIVISIONAL COUNCILLOROur new structure sees the introduction of National Divisional Councillor Electorates replacing the Airline Team Coordinator structure. The provision of National Divisional Councillors elected by the respective electorates ensures representation from all sectors of the industry and aligns Divisional Councillor roles and responsibilities with the interests of their particular electorate. All National Divisional Councillors will have the same responsibilities under the Rules as the previous position of Team Coordinator. The National Divisional Councillor electorates are 3 broad groups: 1. The Qantas group of airlines, 2. The Virgin Australia group of airlines, and 3. The contract/labour hire group and independent airlines not in the above two electorates VICE PRESIDENTThe creation of a second Vice President position aligns the two divisions' Executive structure. The big difference is we have factored in our diverse membership and ensured that the Vice Presidents reflect the diversity of our membership One Vice President will be elected from Group 1 above (the incumbent VP is Brett Inman) and the second Vice President will be elected from Group 2 & 3 electorates. ELECTIONSThere will now be an election for the 8 National Divisional Councillors and the second Vice President. Further Newsletters with details will be issued once notice of the elections is given by the Australian Electoral Commission. Written and authorised by Jo-Ann Davidson, National Secretary on behalf of Divisional Council ONE UNION – ONE VOICEFAAA Domestic/Regional Division Promotes and Furthers the Interests of Members
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
CAREER PROGRESSION – QANTAS DOMESTIC ATTENTION: MAM, EASTERN, SUNSTATE, JETSTAR and TEAM JETSTAR On Monday 14 October 2013 Qantas confirmed that a significant number of employment opportunities will be made available for crew. The vacancies for full time cabin crew positions will be available in the bases of Adelaide and Perth. Qantas Domestic will offer employment opportunities to MAM crew in the first instance and then notices will be issued to members in Eastern, Sunstate, Jetstar and Team Jetstar over the next few months. The employment opportunities arise from the Career Progression Agreement that your Association has negotiated with the Qantas Group of airlines. The Career Progressions arrangements include the following criteria: Positions will be available in Qantas Domestic Adelaide and Perth Base. The positions will only be open to MAM, Eastern, Sunstate, Jetstar and Team Jetstar crew. To be eligible, crew will require at least 2years service with your current employer. Selection will be based on a merit selection process determined by Qantas Domestic. Details of how to apply/conditions of employment will be provided by the Company over the next few months. Once further details are available, the Association will issue a further newsletter. Written by Gemma Henry, National Industrial OrganiserAuthorised by Jo-Ann Davidson, Divisional Secretary ONE UNION – ONE VOICE, FAAA Domestic/Regional Division Promotes and Furthers the Interests of Members
Tuesday, 08 October 2013
FAAA RULES The FAAA Domestic/Regional Division has lodged with the Fair Work Commission a Notice of alteration to its rules (other than eligibility rule). The rule alterations were approved by the Divisional Council on 27 September 2013 and include a restructure of the representative arrangements for members of the Division. The alterations are now subject to approval by the Fair Work Commission and are proposed by the FAAA to operate for the next Divisional elections. Members will be advised when nominations open for the election of National Divisional Officers and Vice President. Written and authorised by Jo-Ann Davidson, Secretary – Domestic/Regional Division ONE UNION – ONE VOICEFAAA Domestic/Regional Division Promotes and Furthers the Interests of Members
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