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Old 30th Sep 2008, 02:53
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mattandy

Hi Mattandy

Congratulations.

I am still waiting, i had my medical 6 weeks ago.
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Old 30th Sep 2008, 04:23
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Congrats!

Well done Mattandy congrats!!
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Old 30th Sep 2008, 04:41
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Congrats mattandy

Excellent news, I hope I get a call soon.. I was in the VRD around the same time as you.. is your GS in BNE ?

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Old 30th Sep 2008, 04:50
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Thanks guys - GS is in SYD
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Old 30th Sep 2008, 06:56
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I am not sure about the VRD on the 6th but I just got confirmation for mine which is on the 7th of October in Sydney. I am assuming they are doing a few in a row??
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Old 30th Sep 2008, 12:17
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VRD

Can anyone tell us about V aust interview afternoon session? it said that testing, interview and role play.
What kind of test and "role play"?
Much appreciated.
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Old 1st Oct 2008, 13:04
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Hustle the Bussle...the TWU were the first Union to break ranks inside Qantas and do their own collective agreement when before that all unions bargained as one unit and had the collective strength that actually delivered.

No union inside the airline industry is covered in glory but with flight attendants the trouble is industrially piss weak as the women and generation y (why) will not take industrial action.

Flight Attendants are not the sort of Muscle that the TWU generally cover. And those guys/gals are prepared to fight if necessary. Flight Attendant generally are not.


Union Leadership is only as effective as the collective unity and strength of the members and flight attendants are not militant and are recruited and profiled not to be that sort of person.

Truck drivers and baggage handlers are generally of or different makeup and are much more likely to down tools.

I would encourage any V or potential V employee to be very careful before signing up for any collective agreement that you havent voted on. Although once employed you can start to organise as a group and agitate for improved conditions .

The FAAA is a good union although different leaderships have been more successful than others. If V Australia is going to fly internationally you would be a member of the International Division of the FAAA under the rules of the FAAA.

If you were flying internationally you couldnt actually belong to the domestic Division of the FAAA.

I certainly agree that talking to the ACTU aviation section is a good idea if you are concerned about agreements etc and are not currently a union member they would certainly point you in the right direction
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Old 1st Oct 2008, 23:39
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union strength

Pegagsus,

I agree wholeheartedly. There is no "union" other than the members and their commitment. As a previous delegate in Qlink and J*, I remember only too well when FAs would come and complain about a certain issue. My question would always be, how important is this to you? "really important" the response. Important enough that you are prepared to strike if it comes to it? "oh no, I don't want to go that far"

Case closed................................
Ps I have just signed on for V as CC, call me mad but I enjoy a challenge

Cal
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 06:24
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Delay!

Hey guys.

I've just received an email from V Australia telling me due to unforseen industrial action at Boeing in Seattle, V Australia has pushed back its launch until 28 February 2009.

I got the email becasue I'm booked to fly on them to LA in January.

This is what they said about alternative options.

"In the first instance, from today we have commenced contacting all Guests booked in the period 15 December 2008 to 16 January 2009 to offer the following alternative arrangements:
  1. If you wish to rebook on V Australia for flights that depart on or after 1 March 2009, we would be delighted to reaccommodate you at no additional cost. As a goodwill gesture we would also provide you with a $200 voucher for travel on Virgin Blue's Australian network;
  2. If you prefer, we can provide you with a full refund; or
  3. We will do our very best to secure an alternative flight on another airline, arranged at our expense."
I think I'm going to choose option 3. I have no idea what this means to all you guys in and about to start training!

Keep us posted!
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 06:52
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Training and recruitment is still going ahead, and remains unchanged at this stage.
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 08:58
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VIRGIN Blue says a strike at Boeing headquarters has forced it to delay the launch of its long-haul offshoot V Australia until February.
V Australia was due to commence flights from Sydney to Los Angeles on December 15.
Virgin Blue said Boeing had advised it of the delay and said it cannot predict the duration of the dispute at its Seattle plant and therefore could not guarantee the delivery date of V Australia's launch aircraft.
V Australia has three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in the advanced stage production at the plant.
Virgin Blue said it had a revised the V Australia launch date and expects its offshoot to commence services on February 28, 2009.

V Australia's Brisbane to Los Angeles direct services, due to launch on March 1, 2009, are not affected, the carrier said.
Boeing ceased to assemble aircraft at the Seattle plant when a strike broke out on September 6 and 27,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers downed tools.
Virgin Blue said should the industrial dispute be resolved in the short term, the airline would move swiftly to bring forward V Australia's start-up schedule.
"The impact of the serious delay would be addressed between Virgin Blue and The Boeing Company at a later date," the carrier said.
Starting today, V Australia will commence contacting all guests booked to travel from 15 December, 2008 to 16 January, 2009 to offer alternative arrangements.
The airline has also suspended further advance ticket sales for travel between 15 December and 28 February in case the Boeing strike, now in its fourth week, should be prolonged.
Virgin Blue said the strike had no bearing on services operated by Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue or Polynesian Blue.
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 10:07
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Interesting times for us all now.

I heard that the 20th Oct gs is the last one until further notice an those who are going thru or about to start training will be used in other areas/locations until we start flying.

Very interesting times ahead. Apparently base wages during this time. hmm
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 10:23
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Angry Attn: V Australia C Crew

Due to the announcement re the delayed start date (which incidentally crew don't appear to have received) I believe now is the time to get ourselves in order, join the FAAA and have them approach the company over the many grey areas and non existent/unclear areas of our T & Cs. To all those who believe they have had unsatisfactory service from the FAAA and to those who are unsure, can I say this.

The amount of members or more importantly the percentage of a workforce is like currency in an industrial workers hands. That is, if they only have 20% members, then the company would just laugh. They will be expecting turnover, any startup does and any company that is "trading" on people being lured to the "gloss" of an international flying job, despite poor pay and conditions, has to.

The issue is if the turnover is between 5 and 10%, they can cover it with new recruits, lured by the above. However, before the first flight even gets off the ground, if say 70-80% of the workforce says, our agreement needs to be revised and we desire the unions help, they will sit up and take notice. They have toooooo muuuuuch money invested not to.

This is not about holding the company to ransom, it is about looking at those grey areas and the not so grey ones, like if you worked 3 hours over on 50% of your tours of duty, you WOULD NOT GET ONE CENT MORE, as it says in your agreement, it's already been calculated in your base salary.........what a crock.


I know, I know, I signed it too. I needed a change, but it doesn't mean we have to sit back and leave things as they are. Especially now, care to calculate the overnight allowances you are going to miss this financial year?????

Sincerely CAL777
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 10:35
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Hi

I am hoping the 20th Oct GS is not the last one for the year.

I am still keeping my fingers crossed for the golden call to come
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 13:07
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I was accepted, but am busy with uni commitments until December, but I was told two weeks ago by V that the Oct 20 GS would be the last one for the year, so you'll have to wait until next year!
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 13:20
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I guess I will have to wait until next year
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 13:31
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I am still trying to keep positive about everything! But please... as cal777 has said, we need to join together and ensure we protect our rights!

A PPRuNe member was kind enough to email me an update from the Pilots Union.

VA Update.pdf

Please continue to spread the word and get everyone you know on your course or meet to download the application form!
FAAA V-Australia.pdf
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Old 2nd Oct 2008, 22:04
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Hang in there Wallyho!

Hey Wallyho...hang in there...I hope you make it into the Oct 20 Ground School...some people only found out a few days ago that they got in so you still have a good chance. You can always call V Australia for an update (I've rang a few times for various things and they are always very friendly and helpful). Remember no news is GOOD news. Good luck and let us know how you go.
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Old 3rd Oct 2008, 17:55
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Any idea what time the VRD normally finishes? I need to book return flight that night

Cheers.
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Good luck Teggeh!

Good luck Teggeh........I would say you would be done by 4.30pm or 5.00pm if you were the last to be interviewed but with delays say 6.00pm (the latest)..
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