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More Workers Return Says ATS, And More Enquiries About Returning

More Air Terminal Services employees on strike have returned to work alongside those who did not go on strike. While ATS management is confident that  good sense will prevail and
01 Jan 2018 11:21
More Workers Return Says ATS,  And More Enquiries About Returning
Some of the ATS staff workers on strike with relatives in Nadi on December 29, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

More Air Terminal Services employees on strike have returned to work alongside those who did not go on strike.

While ATS management is confident that  good sense will prevail and more will report to their work stations.

As of yesterday more than 25 of the striking employees had returned to work after protesting with fellow workers, who are members of the Air Terminal Services Employees Trust.

ATS acting chief executive officer Hare Mani told Fiji Sun that they have received a few more enquiries and indications from people who want to return to work in the next few days.

“This is good news. More people who were protesting are indicating that they want to return. Good sense is prevailing, it’s the ordinary workers who are now realising that two weeks of sitting and not getting anything is not right,” Mr Mani said.

“I’m still hopeful that good sense will prevail and the workers will return to work.

“I see them there everyday and I feel for them. These are people who are good at their jobs. But they just need to realise their mistake and get back into doing their work.”

On the mediation talks, Mr Mani said he and his management team were hoping that talks would resume soon.

“The quicker the better. The talks need to resume. The talks ended on Friday and we are now awaiting word on where else from here,” Mr Mani said.

The acting CEO also commented on the threat by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) for a quick solution to the stand-off or there would be massive protest by their members.

FTUC called on the Government to take action otherwise more groups would join their comrades from the ATS in going on strike.

“If that’s what they want to do then that’s their right. But it’s sad that they want to make those calls,” he said.

Some workers walked off their jobs on December 16 to attend a beneficiaries meeting, which was also seen as a stop-work protest. They did not give management notice of this.

After their actions were declared illegal by Minister for Trade and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate, the workers then gathered outside the ATS headquarters in Nadi where they have remained till today.

Opposition political party leaders, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong and members of the public have visited the striking workers.

Edited by Percy Kean



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