Virgin Australia ground workers stood down following end of JobKeeper

Virgin Australia has stood down hundreds of ground workers following the end of JobKeeper.

The workers were told on Monday they were “not required to work your usual hours” until April 18 unless advised otherwise.

“The stand-down direction is because of a limitation on the availability of work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which means that you cannot be employed for your normal days/hours of work,” the letter to staff said.

The stand down gives Virgin flexibility in rostering workers.

TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said the Federal Government’s cheap airfare scheme was not a replacement for JobKeeper, describing it as “cheap trick”.

“This disastrous move by Scott Morrison means domestic aviation workers have been cut adrift and Virgin workers are now worried sick about how they will pay their bills and feed their families,” he said.