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$5.78m? Nothing To Hide, says Singh

The Air Terminal Services Employees Trust (ATSET) has nothing to hide, says Jai Dhir Singh. Speaking at a press conference organised by ATSET at the Tokatoka Resort yesterday, Mr Singh,
20 Jan 2018 12:31
$5.78m? Nothing To Hide, says Singh
From left: ATSET Trustee Manasa Ratuvili, Jai Dhir Singh and Viliame Finau at the press conference at Tokatoka Hotel in Nadi on January 19. Photo: Lusi Banuve

The Air Terminal Services Employees Trust (ATSET) has nothing to hide, says Jai Dhir Singh.

Speaking at a press conference organised by ATSET at the Tokatoka Resort yesterday, Mr Singh, who says he is still the chairman of ATSET despite being in Australia, said they don’t have anything to hide in terms of the much publicised $5.78 million highlighted in the media recently.

The issue surfaced when the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, told ATSET to come clean about the whereabouts of the $5.78 million paid to them as dividends for workers.

Mr Singh said they welcomed auditors to scrutinise their records. He also said they were not afraid of being investigated by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

“I can account for every cent. I saw my auditor when I first arrived here and he has been the auditor from Day 1. And every piece of paper is in here of how much dividend was paid to everybody else. They have actually been paid more dividend as received as shareholders fund,” he said.

ATS Board chairman Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said he would not comment at this stage.

ATS provides groundhandling services for international airlines using Nadi International Airport.

Returning to work

Meanwhile, Mr Singh said the remaining striking ATS employees will return to work on Wednesday.

Last week Magistrate Andrew See, who was the Tribunal hearing the matter brought on by the ATS management, said it appeared both sides might not have followed proper procedures.

This was when the workers who had left their work stations walked out to attend a shareholders’ meeting and were locked out on their return by the company. The matter is being called again today.

Mr Singh said that which-ever way the tribunal decision goes today, the remaining striking workers will return to work on Wednesday.

The workers have been on strike since December 16, 2017. Some have returned to work while some are still on strike.

The company earlier said 70 per cent of staff were at work and groundhandling services are continuing as normal.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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