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Air Terminal Services Board Seeks Solution For Fiji

Finding a solution to the impasse involving Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers is a priority for the ATS Board before the stoppage becomes an embarrassment to our nation. And board
18 Dec 2017 11:06
Air Terminal Services Board  Seeks Solution For Fiji
Air Terminal Services board chairperson Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Finding a solution to the impasse involving Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers is a priority for the ATS Board before the stoppage becomes an embarrassment to our nation.

And board chairperson Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said reaching a solution was of utmost importance.

“We want to ensure that visitors to our country, the tourists are not inconvenienced because of this issue. We need to find a solution before this becomes an embarrassment to Fiji,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said they were working to ensure that none of the services offered by ATS was further affected while they waited for the outcome of the negotiations.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and we are trying our best to ensure that ATS service is not further disrupted,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

More than 200 workers went on a stop work protest on Saturday afternoon, for three hours and held a beneficiaries meeting at Waimalika, in Nadi, where they raised issues and grievances pertaining to their working conditions.

Federated Airline Staff Association secretary Vilikesa Naulumatua said: “We’ve been told that the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is in Nadi and so we are hoping that he will come and visit us. We want these issues addressed.

“These issues have gone on for far too long. We have been dealt with unfairly and we want the senior management of ATS to answer to everything that has been raised.

“This is the time for the staff to speak out and raise their voice about these problems.”

Mr Naulumatua assured workers that the Fiji Trades Union Congress supported the workers of ATS.

“I met with them and they have thrown their full support behind the workers and they will stand by us through this time that we are fighting for what is rightfully ours.

“We are the 49 per cent shareholders. We have every right to air our concerns and grievances. This is our time to be heard. We will not be silent anymore.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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