Dnata COVID-19 Union Update - 27 March

Posted on March 27, 2020

We know you’re worried

These are unprecedented times and things are changing so quickly. Unfortunately, this is not business as usual. But we want to make sure that you know we will be by your side every step of the way. Qantas has announced that it will cut domestic flying by 60% and international flying by 100% from 29 March 2020.

Dnata Catering announced that, due to the significant reduction in Qantas flying, there is no useful work for a significant number of employees.

Dnata Catering will ask staff to volunteer to take leave from 29 March

Dnata Catering has announced that they will direct employees to take paid leave. Employees will have 28 days notice of forced leave. Directed leave will be allocated according to their ‘fairness principle’. People with more leave will be directed to take leave first, and take more leave. Employees with the highest leave balances will be given the first four weeks, then rotate through until all affected employees have taken leave. Then it starts again. Smaller specialist teams such as workforce planning and data services may have different arrangements.  

82 ASU EBA covered employees are affected. We do not have a clear picture what the exact effect is by location. We are urgently seeking this information from Management. We do know that this will be significant across all areas.

There are many options for employees and we are trying to achieve as much flexibility as possible, but these are difficult times. We have asked Dnata Catering to consider the following for employees:

  • Early access to long service leave;
  • Voluntary leave;
  • Temporary flexible work arrangements;
  • Leave at half pay;
  • Temporary job share;
  • Leave without pay without exhausting entitlements first;
  • Fair distribution of available hours of work; and,
  • Access to negative leave balance.

Will there be any work for me during the stand down?

Dnata Catering may have some limited work for some employees in the coming months:

  • Dnata will ask for volunteers for employees who want to work.
  • The volunteering pools will be limited to the work people currently perform.
  • Work will be allocated to the volunteers as it becomes available.
  • You will be paid your normal rate of pay for the hours you work, all other EBA conditions will apply.

We are working with Dnata Catering to ensure that work will be allocated fairly and to as many people as possible.

Can I use annual or other paid leave during the stand down?

Dnata Catering have promised us that:

  • Employees will be able to access their annual leave and long service leave; and,
  • Employees will have flexibility to book leave so that they can spread out their leave for as long as possible. Leave can be booked in one day blocks.

We will continue discussion to secure access to other forms of leave.

This crisis will pass, and the aviation industry will rebound. They will require skilled and dedicated employees to help them recover quickly. Airlines and all aviation companies must commit to protecting their employees to ensure their own future.

We will continue to keep you up to date as our discussions with the Dnata Catering management continue.

In the meantime, if you are in need of individual assistance please contact your organiser, Billy Colless, by emailing airlines@together.org.au. We are here to support you during this challenging time. 

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