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No pay for workers

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, January 04, 2018

AIR Terminal Services (Fiji) Ltd workers who have been out of work for the past 19 days did not receive their fortnightly pay yesterday.

This was confirmed by ATS management in a statement on Tuesday night.

"With the ATS pay day being tomorrow (yesterday) workers on strike will find nothing going into their bank accounts," it said.

"They will find difficulty paying bills, servicing loans, buying groceries and making the necessary preparations for their children's return to school in less than two weeks'."

The ATS management has been in touch with individual workers who have been locked out since December 16, 2017.

"They know what they did was wrong, but are uncertain about returning due to union and political pressure.

"The company is making every effort to contact these employees through paid advertisements, media releases, social media, phone calls and other means."

Federated Airline Staff Association (FASA) national secretary Vilikesa Naulumatua said the workers were receiving help despite not being paid by their employers.

He said the ATS management should stop playing around with

the workers welfare,

but instead look for a resolution to the impasse. "If they are concerned about the welfare of our country then why haven't they raised our pay for the past 11 years? They are concerned that our members will not be able to cater for their children when they return to school in the new school year, but they should have thought of that before locking us out.

"We can only look after the future of our children if we are getting paid and getting the money that we have worked hard for."

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