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ATS strike unlawful: Usamate

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Update: 5:09PM THE Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Limited strike of its employees has been declared unlawful.

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate revealed this in a statement saying this is in accordance with the Employment Relations Act 2007 (Act).

"No supervised secret ballot was carried out prior to the initiation of the strike, as is required by the Act," Mr Usamate said.

He further stated that the unlawful strike has occurred while a Settlement Agreement is already in place between the union and the employer.

"As a result of the Settlement Agreement, a notice of secret ballot for strike received by the Registrar of Trade Unions could not be processed," he said. 

Meanwhile he confirms  that his Ministry has been given assurance that Air Terminal Services Limited, Fiji Airways, the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji and Airports Fiji Limited are working closely together to ensure minimal to no disruption of services. 

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