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ATS claims best pay conditions

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

AIR Terminal Services management say workers at the company enjoy the best pay conditions.

In a press statement released recently by the company's human resources manager Richard Donaldson, ATS said while not required under the Employment Relations Act or any of the Wage Regulation Orders (WRO), ATS paid employees a meal allowance whenever they performed shift work.

"ATS also has an overtime meal allowance, the value of which is more than 25 per cent higher than the highest overtime meal allowance under the WRO," it said.

"ATS workers also enjoy shift allowances of up to 200 per cent of their basic rate when they perform shift work.

"With a basic rate of pay together with shift allowances, a Form 6 graduate joining ATS in an entry level position can earn more in a year than a university degree graduate starting in other organisations.

"The rates of pay and additional benefits ensure long serving employees and demonstrate the commitment for ATS to employee welfare.

"The OHS committee at ATS is made up entirely of workers with only one management rep required as workers are trained and empowered to be proactive in workplace health and safety. Recently ATS won two awards in recognition for the 'outstanding OHS Management Best Improved' and 'outstanding Overall Outstanding OHS Management' from the Ministry of Employment."

ATS said despite comments made by union representatives and ATS Employees Trust officials, workers involved in a dispute with management continue to return to work.

"Returning workers have stated that there are others like them who are wishing to return. The chairman's offer to return to work, with the promise not to victimise any worker through termination, if they acknowledge their illegal walkout is still open.

"Returning workers and management urge other workers on strike to take advantage of this offer."

Employees, however, claim that they have to work up to 80 hours over normal working hours per fortnight to earn a decent income.

Federated Airline Staff Association national secretary Vilikesa Naulumatua added that management was confusing cost of living wage adjustments (COLA) with increments that workers receive when they are promoted within their department or when they had completed a number of years in their respective department.

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