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1100 Seek ATS Jobs

More than 1100 job seekers turned up at the Trans International Hotel in Nadi to be interviewed for 150 short term positions at Air Terminal Services (ATS). The positions were
30 Dec 2017 11:39
1100 Seek ATS Jobs

More than 1100 job seekers turned up at the Trans International Hotel in Nadi to be interviewed for 150 short term positions at Air Terminal Services (ATS).

The positions were left vacant by workers from the Nadi International Airport ground handling company who had walked off their jobs in a stop-work protest 14 days ago.

ATS Human Resources manager Richard Donaldson said the overwhelming response was over and above what they expected.

“We had a system in place where numbers were given out to everyone. Once they were called, they went before a team that went through all their documents to see if they had everything needed to proceed further,” Mr Donaldson said.

“Those who didn’t have all the documentation were notified that they would not be able to go through while those who had all the requirements progressed on.

“We anticipated 500, but printed 1000 application forms and we were surprised when more than that turned up today.”

Mr Donaldson said the applicants were also reminded that these were temporary jobs they were applying for.

“We put it in our advertisement and again this morning we announced it to make sure everyone understood that it is temporary,” he said.

Mr Donaldson clarified that the recruitment drive was not a threat to those on strike, but management needed to look after its side of things.

“We want to make sure everything is catered for in all areas of ATS services hence the drive to fill vacant positons,” he said.

A number of workers, who are on strike, have indicated their willingness to join those who did not go on strike or have returned to work. Services at the airport have continued as normal.

ATS acting chief executive officer Hare Mani reiterated similar sentiments.

“We only need operations to be normal. We have made it clear to those applying for these vacancies that this is temporary and it’s just so we can continue smooth operations at the airport,” Mr Mani said.

Two weeks ago ATS workers, who are members of the Air Terminal Services Employees Trust, went on a stop work protest. They are demanding better pay, increase in cost of living adjustments, a back pay and the removal of the entire management team.

Mediations have been taking place since the strike began, but took a break yesterday. Talks will resume next week.

Edited by Percy Kean

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