Air safety maintenance staff and air traffic controllers in Victoria are expected to walk off the job today as part of a campaign for better job security, pay and employment conditions.

The stoppage is expected to affect air travel around the country for several hours.
Airservices staff are taking this action after 13 months of frustrating negotiations over a new enterprise agreement.

According to CPSU spokesperson Adrian O’Connell, members feel let down by management’s failure to deliver a fair, workable bargaining proposal.

“These people are professionals. They are absolutely committed to keeping Australia’s air safety standards high. Unfortunately management’s latest proposal falls well short of addressing our reasonable concerns on job security, pay and super for new employees,” said Mr O’Connell.

Date: Wed 13 March 2002
Time: 11am
Venue: Tower Control Complex, Operations Rd, Melbourne Airport

For comment:
Adrian O’Connell 0418 977 170

For background:
Alistair Waters 0417 547 407
Rupert Evans 0408 223 025