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Good To See Workers In Jovial Mood: Mani Welcomes Returning Staff

Returning workers who had been on strike for the last five weeks were welcomed back and urged not to repeat the action of walking off their jobs. Air Terminal Services
23 Jan 2018 12:31
Good To See Workers In Jovial Mood: Mani  Welcomes Returning Staff
ATS Chief Executive Officer, Hare Mani.

Returning workers who had been on strike for the last five weeks were welcomed back and urged not to repeat the action of walking off their jobs.

Air Terminal Services (ATS) chief executive officer Hare Mani welcomed the workers back yesterday.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun, Mr Mani said it was good to see the workers in a jovial mood and ready to begin work again.

“They came in lots of 20 to pick their new identification cards, new rosters and other essential bits and as they came I was able to welcome each group and at the same time urge them that the action of walking out on their jobs should not be repeated again,” Mr Mani said.

Mr Mani also said that he told the workers that the division over the period of the strike had to come to an end so work at ATS could flow easily again.

“The ‘them and us’ attitude has got to stop. There is no room for that. We have to work together now to move ATS to a whole different level.”

Mr Mani said some workers had opted to start work today.

“Some have asked to start on Tuesday so we have allowed that. Today has just been about getting everything organised. “Mr Mani repeated earlier thanks to staff who stayed at work and maintained services.”

“Again I just want to acknowledge and thank the stakeholders who have stepped in and helped us during the last five weeks. They, along with the staff that didn’t take part in the impasse, held the fort and for that, the ATS management is very grateful.”

Mr Mani said everyone was accounted for and operations in all departments should be at full staff this week.

“Everything is on the go from here on. Like we said earlier, we welcome the ruling and see it as the best possible decision for the situation,” he said;

Workers who are members of the Air Terminal Services Employees Trust (ATSET) and Federated Airline Staff Association (FASA) walked off their jobs on December 16, 2017 to attend a beneficiaries meeting in Waimalika, which was also a stop-work meeting.

Upon returning to work three hours later, they were denied entry as ATS management viewed their actions as contradictory to their employment conditions and contracts.

Since then, they have been picketing outside the gates of the ATS head offices for the last few weeks until the court ruling on Saturday giving a directive to the management to reinstate the workers.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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