Upon obtaining this proposal, further improvements and productivity cuts were exchanged, but any airline that awaits the expiry of the EBA before discussing new initiatives or competitive advantages with its staff jeopardizes market share. The relaunched consultation mechanisms, which Virgin initiated at the beginning of the negotiations, allow us to respond in a timely manner to market adjustments that ensure that cabin crew are consulted on this route. “This agreement will make Virgin Australia a better and more sustainable airline,” said Tony Sheldon, TWU`s Secretary of State. “This will ensure that current and future employees have a strong voice in the airline.” In addition to salary increases, the agreement provides for a longer period of rest during the leave, $100 in additional payments to work on public holidays and special leave for domestic and domestic violence. The TWU said the agreement provides specific leave for those affected by domestic and domestic violence, “no negative change and no compromise on current conditions,” increased overtime and better occupancy practices. There were also “salary updates, conditions and classifications to recognize the role of cabin crew in Virgin Australia`s expansion and move to a full-service airline.” The announcement comes after the crew voted in favour of an enterprise agreement designed by the Transport Workers` Union to improve the airline and make it more sustainable in the long term. For those of us who are at the negotiating table as representatives of the workers` negotiations, we cannot underestimate the recognition of the early and unwavering acceptance of cabin crew demand – throughout the 2013-2015 bargaining period – of an immediate pay increase, recognizing their willingness to move to a full-service airline. @Ben But Virgin has made productivity gains from Virgin Blue to Virgin Australia. They also promised that they would take care of the crew after achieving massive productivity gains (during the GFC) at the 2009 EBA. Only so many crews can be in the race to the bottom that is currently tormenting our industry and this EBA is a step in the right direction. Virgin, however, had not received an increase from its cabin crew and others since 2010 and others since 2012 before accepting the recent increases. By 2018, the lowest paid flight attendants will have a base salary of $US 55,165, up from $38,075 currently. Approximately 2,100 short-range cabin crews were part of the agreement.