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A-G MEETS ATS STAFF

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night met Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers who have stopped work at Nadi International Airport. Late last night there were indications the talks were proceeding positively.
18 Dec 2017 11:24
A-G MEETS ATS STAFF
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum meets members of the Air Terminal Services staff in Nadi on December 17, 2017. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night met Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers who have stopped work at Nadi International Airport.

Late last night there were indications the talks were proceeding positively. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and workers sat together on the ground and drank kava.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum arrived back from France yesterday. He later went to where the workers have gathered outside the ATS compound at the airport.

His intervention came amidst an escalating dispute over the running of the company providing most ground handling and catering services for international airlines.

Air Terminal Services (Fiji) PTE Limited is 51 per cent owned by the Government and 49 per cent by employees. But, there have been increasing tensions and threats of strike action by some workers.

Airlines continued to operate services. ATS management and staff who have not stopped work maintained operations.

But inflight catering for some Fiji Airways flights was affected. The national airline advised passengers they could bring their own food until it organised alternative catering services.

Overseas airlines are reported to have sent their own ground engineers on flights. Fiji Airways ground engineers at Nadi look after its flights.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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