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Usamate: Law To Be Followed By Parties In Row

Usamate: Law To Be Followed By Parties In Row
Minister for Employment, Jone Usamate.
September 08
19:10 2017

Minister for Employment, Jone Usamate said the Federated Airline Staff Association members could not vote because certain procedures were not followed in Nadi on Wednesday.

“I am aware of the ongoing issues but there are procedures which need to be followed by both parties,” Mr Usumate said, referring also to Air Terminal Services.

Chief executive officer Hare Mani said yesterday that Air Terminal Services would make a statement at a later date and did not wish to comment further.

Air Terminal Services workers, who are members of the Federated Airline Staff Association were to have conducted a secret ballot vote on Wednesday night for strike action over their Log of Claims, Cost of Living Adjustments and other issues.

However, they were advised by the ministry that they had not conducted the ballot of the date initially sought and therefore could not conduct any voting.

The Federated Airline Staff Association will file a fresh 21-day-notice to carry out a secret ballot to strike and members agreed not to enter into any informal negotiations with the company and the ministry during this time.

This followed a meeting of close to 200 members at the Tokatoka Resort in Nadi last night.

Association national secretary, Vilikesa Naulumatua outlined how the ministry had organised informal negotiations between the company management, the ministry and the Federated Airline Staff Association.

Mr Naulumatua said that while Federated Airline Staff Association acted in good faith by attending these meetings they were eventually led to going beyond the 21 day period.

Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary, Felix Anthony who was at the meeting assured the members that they had the full support of the parent body and if there was a need to go further the International Confederation of Trade Unions would stand by ready to help.

Air Terminal Services workers who owned 49 per cent of shares in the Air Terminal Services also expressed disappointment that their representatives had been taken off the board.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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