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Usamate Declares ATS Workers Strike Unlawful

The strike by some Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Limited employees has been declared unlawful by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate in accordance with the Employment
18 Dec 2017 11:09
Usamate Declares ATS Workers Strike Unlawful
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate in Nadi on December 17,2017. PHOTO: KARALAINI TAVI.

The strike by some Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Limited employees has been declared unlawful by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate in accordance with the Employment Relations Act 2007 (Act).

“By failing to operate within the framework, these employees have violated the law. To totally circumvent that process, especially in the midst of holiday travel, is a selfish act that was designed to confuse and inconvenience the travelling public, undermine the Fijian economy and create job loss. The Fijian people and our visitors deserve better,” Mr Usamate said.

“No supervised secret ballot was carried out prior to the initiation of the strike, as is required by the Act.

“Furthermore, the unlawful strike has occurred while a Settlement Agreement is already in place between the union and the employer.

“As a result of the Settlement Agreement, a notice of secret ballot for strike received by the Registrar of Trade Unions could not be processed.

“The Employment Relations Act sets out a proven and effective framework for the resolution of any workplace concerns, and only within that framework can issues be effectively resolved.

“The ministry has been given assurance that Air Terminal Services Limited, Fiji Airways, the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji and Airports Fiji Limited are working closely together to ensure minimal to no disruption of services.”

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