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200 Workers Want 3 Bosses Out

Around 200 staff members of Air Terminal Services (ATS) at Nadi International Airport met yesterday demanding the removal of three senior executives. The executives are chief executive officer Hare Mani,
17 Dec 2017 11:51
200 Workers Want 3 Bosses Out
Staffs of the Air Terminal Services during the beneficiaries meeting at Waimalika in Nadi on December 16,2017. PHOTO: KARALAINI TAVI.

Around 200 staff members of Air Terminal Services (ATS) at Nadi International Airport met yesterday demanding the removal of three senior executives.

The executives are chief executive officer Hare Mani, manager Human Resources Richard Donaldson and manager Catering Services Russell Holding.

The meeting followed the walkout of staff members who fall under the Air Terminal Services Employees Trust (ATSET).

It comes amidst continuing union agitation at the company, which provides ground handling and inflight catering services.

The meeting was scheduled for three hours with workers back at their workplaces at the Nadi International Airport at 4pm.

However, no flights were stopped as management staff stepped in.

The workers, who had staged their walkout gathered at Waimalika, not far from the airport.

ATS employees, under Air Terminal Services Employees Trust, own 49 per cent shares in the company with the remaining shares belonging to Government through the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji Islands.

Minister for Labour and Employment, Jone Usamate who was in Nadi said he was told about the walkout and had instructed his officers to see what was happening.

“The main thing right now is to resolve the issue and not agitate it,” Mr Usamate said.

He said he would comment further after he had had discussions with those involved.

Mr Mani was due to meet with officials from the Ministry of Labour and members of the Federated Airlines Staff Association (FASA) to which the union members of the company belonged.

Mr Mani said: “I would have to comment later.”

The Air Terminal Services Employees Trust called a meeting and Trustee Viliame Finau said that they had serious allegations and issues that had been brought up which the staff members wanted to be looked into.

“There were a few items that were raised through the agenda and one is the concern that was raised about some of the information that was received by the Trust of certain members of the public expressing interest of purchasing 49 per cent shareholding of the company.

“There are other issues that have been raised and we want action to take place. We are going to go on strike on December 25. We want our case and our issues known immediately.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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