Breaking: Bain Capital confirmed as new owner of Virgin Australia

Posted on September 4, 2020

The second creditors meeting was held this morning and creditors overwhelmingly voted to endorse the sale of Virgin Australia to new owner Bain Capital.

This is a significant milestone for ASU members at Virgin as it means the company will continue to exist and continue to fly as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, this process has resulted in the devastating loss of jobs and most employees remain stood down without work. We will continue our work to preserve as many jobs as possible, and maintain your hard-fought working conditions.

Now is the time to work together to hold Bain to its promises to the workforce – starting with its commitment to maintain the unique culture among the workforce by treating you fairly and not driving your working conditions down in a race to the bottom.

Airport EOIs close Monday.

As you are aware, Virgin Australia has made some changes to the time frame for EOIs, as follows: 

  • Guest Services employees are able to submit EOI until 5pm on Monday 7 September 2020;
  • VA will seek to formally offer voluntary redundancies to employees either on Tuesday 8 or Wednesday 9 September 2020;
  • employees will have until 5pm on Monday 14 September 2020 to formally accept a VR offer;
  • employees who submit an EOI/accept an offer for a voluntary redundancy, ending on 3 April 2021, will be able to change their termination date to 3 October 2020 if their JobKeeper eligibility changes – i.e. if they are no longer entitled to JobKeeper payments, or will only be entitled to the $750/$650 part time JobKeeper payment (the selection to change termination date must be made by 5pm on Wednesday 16 September 2020); and,
  • if an employee changes their termination date, every effort will be made to process their termination payment by 10 October 2020 (and ideally on 7 October). However, the change may lead to a delay in the processing of the termination payment so that it is paid no later than 17 October 2020.

Errors in redundancy estimates

Earlier this week we raised concerns that redundancy estimates for some employees were incorrect. HR have confirmed there is an error by 1-2 weeks pay for a cohort of employees as they did not correctly apply the agreement. New estimates will be provided to employees if VA makes an offer to an employee for a voluntary redundancy.  

We can tell you that the amount of weeks redundancy/severance pay (not including notice pay) your estimate should include, depending on your years of service, is as follows: 

Length of service

Redundancy/Severance pay

Less than 1 year

4 weeks pay

1 year or more

4 weeks pay

2 years or more

6 weeks pay

3 years or more

7 weeks pay

4 years or more

8 weeks pay

5 years or more

10 weeks pay

+ 3 weeks per year of service over 5 years

ASU Members secure a Head Office OCC Collective agreement.

After 15 months, a hearing at the Fair Work Commission and a lot of pressure from ASU members at Head Office, OCC staff have secured a collective agreement. You can see the letter locking it in, here. This is a great win for members and you should be proud of your efforts!

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