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Fiji Airways Catering Back Today

Fiji Airways will restart full in-flight catering for passengers aboard their flights out of Nadi from today. The catering will be done through Air Terminal Services (ATS) but Fiji Airways
20 Dec 2017 11:33
Fiji Airways Catering Back Today

Fiji Airways will restart full in-flight catering for passengers aboard their flights out of Nadi from today.

The catering will be done through Air Terminal Services (ATS) but Fiji Airways has put in a lot more resources to make this happen, a senior Fiji Airways manager has confirmed. ATS through its international class kitchen at Nadi airport, provides meals for Fiji Airways international services.

Meanwhile ATS workers, who have been at loggerheads with the company in a strike which now in its fifth day, say they will not return to work with conditions attached.

This was the word yesterday from the ATS Employees Trust (ATSET) following its meeting with ATS board chairman Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on Monday night.

The two parties had met in order to discuss and resolve the impasse that has occurred between the workers, who own 49 per cent shares in the company with Government holding 51 per cent.

ATSET general secretary Viliame Finau said the conditions were attached with the company proposal.

“After discussing his proposal to revert all beneficiaries on the condition they sign a statement declaring that they went on strike, the position of the trust is as follows:

“We demand that all our beneficiaries revert to work without condition and without prejudice to their hours of work and salaries. We are calling for the lock-out to be lifted and all staff return to work effective immediately.

“We reminded him again and confirm that we are not on strike.

“We have been locked-out and are waiting at the gate to be reverted back to work.”

ATS is the main provider of ground handling services at Nadi International Airport. The dispute began on Saturday when some 60 ATS staff walked off the job without notice to attend a meeting, leaving positions empty and disrupting services at a busy time. When they returned more than three hours later they were not allowed back in. It then escalated.

Labour Minister Jone Usamate told Fiji Sun last night that he was still waiting for a report from his ministry officials.

“Staff at the Ministry of Labour and Industrial relations are still holding meetings with both parties and once they have worked something out then we will be able to proceed from there,” he said.

“I cannot confirm anything more at this point.”

In the meantime, airlines have brought in extra staff to man their check-in counters and other logistical positions within the airport usually manned by ATS staff.

dited by Percy Kean

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