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Strike notice ends

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, November 17, 2012

A LANDMARK agreement has been reached between Airports Fiji Limited and the Fiji Public Service Association.

The agreement ends a 13-year dispute between the two organisations and clearly outlines the terms and conditions of AFL workers under a Master Collective Agreement (MCA).

FPSA general secretary Rajeshwar Singh said in light of the agreement, the FPSA had withdrawn the notice of strike ballot dated October 2012 and a notice of discontinuance would be filed in the court in regards to a civil action pending between the two parties.

"The association is happy that the long outstanding issues of the MCA have been resolved in good faith to the satisfaction of both the parties," he said.

"We would like to acknowledge the good faith shown by the management and the acting chairman of Airports Fiji Limited.

"It is hoped that the good faith will continue between the parties as per the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007."

Mr Singh said the agreement, which was signed on Thursday, specified that promotions for FPSA members would be made under the provision of the MCA and FPSA members would be given equal opportunity in terms of promotions and professional development.

"Other prominent features of the agreement are that the 30 members of the association who have been employed so far under the ministerial directive from 2000 have now come under the current MCA," he said.

"AFL will advise the FPSA of any changes to company policy which are incorporated in the MCA."

AFL chief executive officer Anthony Gollin hailed the signing of the agreement as a significant step towards improving employer-employee relations at the company.

"This is a milestone event which resolves a long outstanding issue," he said.