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Old 11th May 2009, 09:42
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Merged: All you want to know about A380 for CC!

got this email out of nowhere, add this to the FAAA long list of achievement. Majority agrees with FAAA my foot.

THIS IS A TRANSFER OF DISCUSSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON OVER IN THE BFA GROUP.
ABUSIVE PERSONAL EMAILS BY THE USUAL SUSPECTS AND MALCONTENTS OF THIS SWAP GROUP WILL BE IGNORED/DELETED. DON'T EVEN WASTE YOUR ENERGY. IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS, POST THEM TO ALL F/A.

If you feel strongly enough about your work options, consider this and share it with your colleagues and the FAAA.

Why offer A380 flying to domestic crew?

Why not offer a nominal number of positions to QAL crew...interview them, train them and then include A380 flying in what we originally thought was included in our 'international LH' flying pool?

Why do we have a surplus of LH crew? ... the ravaging of our patterns by the A380.

The A380 is INTERNATIONAL. .. not DOMESTIC! We have been on the losing end since Qantas bought the domestic TAA/Australian Airlines (an ardent competitor to Qantas, they were the feeder airline to QF's competitors- Ansett was QF's domestic feeder airline)

We must contend with Domestic crew transferring over to LH and then jumping original LH crew in seniority... then why offer to them more of our work!!

Force them to take their LSL and excess leave and other 'leave burn' options.. and include the A380 flying in International flying under a better negotiated deal for LH crew!

There is a better option than what is proposed or enforced upon us by FAAA.

Hands off our work Domestics... we've had enough of you!

Well... obviously there is a lot of disappointment and frustration around our workplace...

YES of course i believe we all agree - that we are all grateful to have a job!.... although that is not to say.... accept unfairness and injustice!!! and on top of that continue to pay fees!

instead of voicing a few emails here that are probably not going to solve much... I wonder? is there a way that you guys "lesnegociants" could organise a petitions?

That at least could be a "formal" testimony from crew that are very disappointed and therefor willing to put their names down in order to put forward negotiations and hopefully constructively achieve something!

...I know I would sign it! ...and i think a lot of other crew would too!

anyway... just a thought!

It`s great to see some of you feel the same but I`m still confused.

What I don`t get is how come Domestic can get access to the A380 when they are all still sitting on massive LSL balances. We all know they were afforded the protection of their Leave by ONE sentence in their award.

I might feel differently if they too had been directed to use their LSL. In Alison Webster`s latest letter she states that Domestic will have to use one roster`s Leave. That`s only one month for them. A drop in the bucket.

It feels as though we in International are making all the concessions.
I was in contact with FAAA Friday. They state that as Executives they get to make the decisions for us Members without consultation or communication with us. Think this is the biggest problem overall. Aren't we members "THE UNION". We all should be able to have voices that our elected officials listen to!!!! Be heard long haul flight attendants. EBA8 was suppose to protect not eradicate our work conditions. Communication is sadly lacking and I agree that it should not be a dictatorship.

Yes the company has fallen on a bad patch, but it has been there before and we long haul flight attendants are always called upon to make sacrifices. Each time we lose and the company keeps gaining. Don't know if you all remember but as part of EBA8, an extra flight attendant was to be put on board Premium economy aircraft. So how can the company and FAAA justify this flight attendant being taken off???

Use your voices and don't forget the General Meetings are coming up in a months time. Check FAAA for dates

wow.....it certainly would appear there is a groundswell of disappointment and bewilderment within the membership by the recent decisions taken by our elected offficials.
I`m kinda reminded of George Orwell`s `Animal Farm` where the pigs took over and started to make all the decisions on behalf of all the other animals.
Their credo `we are all equal... but some of us are more equal than the others` springs to mind when I think of the protection afforded to our very fortunate Domestic colleagues and the seemingly limitless concessions we here in International continue to make.
In their most recent newsletter I noted with interest the FAAA`s use of the word `tribalism` when talking about the Divisions. I guess it serves them to slap such a label on what really is just loyalty to our own, and an interest in self-preservation.
Perhaps we SHOULD get a petition together just as someone suggested. Afterall, as John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols once said...without our opinions we are nothing more than slaves.
Safe flying.

The thing that really irks me the most is the line from the FAAA memo that reads:

"...and for those of us that may have been angered by past decisions and actions of our Short Haul colleagues for whatever reasons, this should square the books as far as I am concerned"

This should "square away" S/H agreeing that we get less pay than they do when we transfer across, and later signing up to do our regional flying for less money? This squares away nothing! If they were so wonderful they'd just take their leave and be quiet, not try to make themselves heroes in the process and then go on to work the A380.
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SHORT Haul are agreeing to give up all international flying on the 767, and international flying and domestic flying on the A330 and send it to Long Haul to soak up the surplus.

227 QCCA crew were about to be made CR before the 30th June..i think that the QCCA crew would appreciate the "gesture" of SH crew.

The few crew that come to long haul from SH are far less than the flying they are sending over and the jobs that are being saved.

ALl of the issues are coming from QAL crew who would not have been made redundant because they are too senior.

If the Last on first off wasnt in place i doubt you would be hearing this codswallop from the senior crew they would be screaming like babies and crying and begging for someone to save their jobs, their private school fees and their investment properties.

Quite frankly they can get stuffed i dont give a tinkers cuss what they say of think. The FAAA SH and LH have done the right thing
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If the Last on first off wasnt in place i doubt you would be hearing this codswallop from the senior crew they would be screaming like babies and crying and begging for someone to save their jobs, their private school fees and their investment properties.

Quite frankly they can get stuffed i dont give a tinkers cuss what they say of think.
Is this what the union thinks of senior crew and seniority?
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Thats what i think of senior crew who dont give a shit about anyone but themselves. personally with 25 years up i consider myself senior so i am obviously not talking about everyone but i am certainly talking about 10% of the LH population who dont give a stuff about anyone but themselves
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ok there has been some misunderstanding, pegasus, it's that 10% seniors that you referred to that irritates me. one tells me he never ever do jo bergs, how arrogant is that? still many only talk about shopping for their second new kitchen, their 2 more investment property, just so annoying. on the other end of the spectrum, qcca crew cannot even get a mortgage approved becos of such low verifiable income. (as we all know lending criteria have tighten)

now we do know there is another group of factions that do not like the proposal, if that number is large, then u have morale problems. I think the writer was concern about the sh seniors might just jump queue and able to bid better trips etc. I also detect they are not too happy that sh can just glide into a BFA position where in LH you have to go through an application process, which many have also being rejected and bitter, they're the bfirst rejects. I remembered meeting one who told me of how many years she had been doing first class and now she got rejected 3 times.

oh well times have changed.
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How was Australian Airline an "ardent" competitor to Qantas. They didn't fly the same routes. Ansett may have been the "preferred" domestic airlines to offer connecting flights to Qantas services but plenty of people flew on Australian to connect with Qantas
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Pegasus says
"Quite frankly they can get stuffed i dont give a tinkers cuss what they say of think. The FAAA SH and LH have done the right thing"...Hmmm, interesting attitude!

I don't know who you are but you certainly seem to be "in the know" ALOT. Well I can tell you ALOT of crew are not happy. And whilst i don't agree with many of the sentiments in some of those responses, the union will def be hearing about it at the next meetings! And you know what? I can't wait!
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Pegasus, such contempt....

"whingers, retarded water melons, complete irrelevant losers..." is that what you think of the membership?

Just because someone expresses an opposite opinion it doesn't make them any of those things. There are alternate points of view! Not everything we are "fed" has to be believed.

OPINIONS WILL BE EXPRESSED! PEOPLE WILL TALK AND THE UNION WILL BLOODY WELL HEAR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE WE ARE THE COLLECTIVE! IT'S NOT A DICTATORSHIP!

Get off your high horse!
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I thing Pegasus must be taking tips from the fascist dictatorship on QCC/1.Maybe he will start kicking a few heads if future opinions are expressed in a frank and open manner. How can one maintain control of the worforce /membership if they have the temerity to go against the regime??What is the line about absolute power? Well some of the newsletters coming out of the FAAA are getting more and more bizarre. No one repeat no one wants to see redundancies. Apparently now if you dare to question the way it has been done you are automatically branded an enemy of the state and will be agressively persued. Sound familiar?
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very true. all opposition will be crushed lol

God you take yourself too seriously....i am sure there are people who actually have conversations every day with elected officials and the lawyers that the FAAA employ and they "don't" have to agree

show me one newsletter from the FAAA that says members arent entitled to a view. The FAAA is not required to agree with every member.

In fact if the FAAA responded to every pressure group pushing their own barrows it would be pandemonium

Lets look at some of the issues the FAAA has to play solomon over

1. Crew that have previous service with the COmpany that want that counted for seniority for bidding and redundancy

2. crew that resigned from TAA and joined Qantas want their previous service with TAA counted for bidding

3. crew who were forced to leave through discrimination and came back got their seniority back thanks to the previous elected officials of the FAAA and over 1000 crew signed petitions and took the matter to court to overturn it and lost....resentment still remains

4. Crew who were with AO in CNS who resigned to join QCCA now want continuity of service and part 1 conditions

5. Junior Crew who are doing back to back JNB want a cap on them and that would force them further up the tree or at the least cause capping on other trips as well.

6. crew who would prefer last on first off redundancy for junior crew rather than the Long Service leave burn or the tri partite agreement.

7. Crew who want promotions in Melbourne only for Melbourne based crew

8. Crew who want Seniority scrapped

9. crew who want category seniority for CSS/CSM

10. Crew who want parts of the EBA overturned and renegotiated, but without the company getting to change any of the things that they want

11. QCCA crew who want the end of seniority and junior QAL crew would would also like to see seniority scrapped.

12. Short Haul crew that want international flying and short haul crew that only want to be in INternational

13. Short Haul crew in CNS that want out of CNS

14. Perth domestic crew who want out of perth (including those that have just joined)

15. A government that when approached about overseas bases and offshoring "says get over it it's part of globalisation". And allows any foreign airline to operate in and out of australia without any conditions

16. Company's like Virgin that wont even negotiate with Unions





and the list goes on and on

If anyone has a solution to any of these issues that will make "everyone" happy i think they should email the FAAA...

and thats not to mention

the recidivist drunks that keep turning up for work pissed or drink on the aircraft and are a constant drain on FAAA resources

Crew that are constantly dobbing on other members causing a few new clause 11's everyweek

CSM's and CSS's incapable of managing a conversation with their managers without it turning into a clause 11

and thats not to even mention pathalogical liars as cabin crew managers and team managers who set people up that they dont like and the FAAA is attending meetings every day with members to ensure that they are being treated fairly

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and one final thing.. SH crew transferring to LH has been happening since the merger in fact there are far more LH crew that have transferred to SH than the other way.
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Th Usual Rubbish

All QAL were offered opportunities to transfer to the A380.Not many chose to do so because of the restrictions to lifestyle.Why would any body begrudge the domestics taking positions that nobody else wants?.
As far as Peg is concerned he has always been a source of reliable and useful information.There are those that post here who have labelled him a union executive and no amount of evidence to the contrary will convince them otherwise.The point is Peg chooses to keep himself informed while others who are too lazy to read communiques and/or ring the union office continually bag him.
No wonder the guy gets annoyed.The usual half dozen small barking dogs never ever offer anything constructive or creative.Praise be to Mickey Mouse that these small barking dogs are not indicative of the majority of the hard working intelligent ladies and gentlemen who fly.
The silent majority who have never even heard of PPRuNe let alone ppost here
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Thanks for the vote of support Surf...

its very hard to tell it like it is sometimes...i will be the first to admit that i have been an official in the past and i think i am well informed.

I have seen the best and the worst of officials over the years and i just happen to think that at the moment we have some thinking people running the union.

They dont have kneejerk reactions. They have shown great courage when required and run very significant media campaigns, and have very carefully cultivated a good working relationship with Management.

They are very visible, have issued more information in the form of newsletters and members meetings than any of their predecessors in my 25 years. I think that flight attendants are very well informed and have more information than they have ever had in the past.

I think what frustrates me is that crew will listen to rumour and speculation and take it as gospel without even bothering to talk to the company or the union.

if people would prefer me not to post on here then can hit the ignore button next to my name....I dont have any more information than is generally available by talking to officials, the company leaders and more importantly reading the FAAA newsletters

My suggestion to crew is read the newsletters....its all there and they dont tell lies.....if you can find a newsletter with a lie or misleading information then you have cause to complain...
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Heads Down Heads Up his own

This guy joins in May and has already made 48 posts.Most of which is complete garbled nonsense.
He has become the hero of the Vacuous Vanities.C'mon folks lets be a little pragmatic.This tripartite deal is a win win.
If anyone has an intelligent well thought out alternative where everyone is happy lets hear it.
A cacophany of stupidity will no doubt ensue
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at the very least, one of my concerns was not made up, after all.

Crew that are constantly dobbing on other members causing a few new clause 11's everyweek
this is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed, this affects morale, confidence, instill fear into the workplace which amounts to harassment, and encourage made up stories for personal enjoyment.

In fact, even the FAAA had repeatedly warned that allegators have to be prepared to back up their tales etc...this is not reinforced, in fact, team managers are all too happy to be judge and jury and cover up identities of dobbers. How did this common practice by team managers even slip through the tight FAAA cracks, I do not know.

And Pegasus, I understand you gave this long list of wants from members and all the services that FAAA has to render constantly etc...

BUT

Did we, as members not paid money for the exact services that was promised for the payment of the fees? Last heard, because of members' money, the building is now paid for many times over since years ago, cash up in the piggy bank, spare cash to even hire a full time lawyer and industrial officer and other staff.

You don't just collect money for nothing. You collect people's money for a service and those long list of what-nots you put up are simply service that they are obliged to render for money accepted.

Well if they do not like all the variety of requests, than just stop taking the money too, simple as that.

and Machinegun Fellatio, if you do not like a certain member, just build a bridge and cross it, nobody said you have to like everyone at Qantas. Not even the bible says that. On the same token, nobody at Qantas gives a rats rectum about your opinion and they've crossed the bridge so long ago.

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once again you are totally wrong...Clause 11 states that anonymous complaints will not be investigated.

Crew cannot shield themselves from scrutiny by withholding their names. The FAAA is entitled to cross examine any person who writes a complaint.

And this happens.... so please heads up or down or whereever your head is at the moment...please dont rely on hearsay,,just stick to the facts
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Pegasus, you are so wrong
I had an incident where I was yanked into the office and I asked who said that and my team manager said I am not at liberty to tell.

and that was a bloody trivial incident too.

I wished I had so much confidence in the way our team managers operate like you too.
The fact is, I truly believe they really do not know their work very well. They know nothing about compo, natural justice, precedences, labor laws, etc. let alone the actual flying work.

Also A reliable source told me they are paid about $85 000 including super a year
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well it wasnt a clause 11 then was it....and you didnt ask for FAAA support or that conversation wouldnt have taken place.....now tell the truth

the response to a team manager who wants to discuss something that you think is a "performance matter" is.... just hang on for a sec i need a union rep here....

They soon lose interest
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look, yanking you inside by a ground duty on your roster is traumatising enough, for all that nonsense,one would think that you can find out who on earth did that to you.

See this just goes on and on and on unless FAAA says enough is enough and I think the best way to stop these nonsense is to have both the dobber and the dobbee to be in the office at the same time. This will discourage personal agenda.

Look, you and I both know that there are probably 1001 things you can dob someone in for, if you really are keen. And you know the managers are certainly kleenex keen, So in view of that, how can one be sure that just cos someone had a personal grudge against you and do it on you?

This is why I think our team managers are incompetent and so are the FAAA for not putting a stop to these.
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oh god i dont know why i bother......

you just dont get it.... people are responsible for their own behaviour. The FAAA can give advice and crew are free to ignore it.

The best advice they have given crew is that if they want representation "call"

in your case heads down you may not even be a member. My experience is that most FAAA members call when they need assistance ...if you chose not to then you have to accept the consequences.

now as for the FAAA putting a stop to crew dobbing on crew.....you are really in pixie land.
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