Virgin Australia flight attendants overwhelmingly vote for new pay deal

Virgin Australia flight attendants overwhelmingly vote for new pay deal
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Virgin Australia has come to an agreement with its cabin crew to the approval of both the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia (FAAA).

    The airline announced that 90 per cent of its flight attendants voted for the new enterprise agreement

    Virgin said this is the first time in the history of the airline that the EA covering its domestic Cabin Crew has been approved on the first ballot.

    “[This] marks a significant milestone for Virgin Australia and our team members,” the airline wrote.

    The new agreement will mean higher salaries, new or improved allowances, overtime and other benefits for Virgin Australia’s flight attendants. The agreement will deliver 14 per cent salary increases over three years for crew members, depending on their skill level and the tenure of each member.

    Virgin Australia flight attendant (Virgin Australia)

    Virgin, the TWU and the FAA reached an in-principle agreement late last year, around the time that 98 per cent of FAAA members voted to approve several 24-hour work stoppages.

    Teri O’Toole, the Federal Secretary of the FAAA, at the time said Virgin flight attendants were fed up with being mistreated by management while having to look after the passengers like family.

    “In the last 5 years, cabin crew have received [a] 1.98% pay increase in total. With inflation and a sharp rise in the cost of living they struggle to pay for rent, food, fuel and household bills and school fees,” O’Toole said.

    The union argued that when Virgin went into voluntary administration in April 2020, the FAAA helped get the airline back into fighting form.

    The enterprise agreement awaits approval from the Fair Work Commission.

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