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ATS seeks legal advice

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, January 21, 2018

AIR Terminal Services management says while they welcome the Employment Relations Tribunal's decision that workers stood down and suspended on December be returned to work, they will be seeking legal advice on "certain aspects of the tribunal's decision".

"ATS notes that the decision from the tribunal does not prevent any disciplinary measures from being taken against the workers for abandoning their positions and engaging in an unlawful walkout," said management in a statement issued through human resources manager Richard Donaldson.

"While acknowledging that the decision requires the workers to return to their posts, ATS is seeking further legal advice on certain aspects of the tribunal's decision to consider additional legal steps.

"ATS particularly notes that the decision requires that workers resolve all legitimate grievances through good faith bargaining within the existing conflict resolution frameworks, as set out by the Employment Relations Act 2007."

ATS management said they fully endorsed the way forward articulated in the decision that called for a partnered approach in resolving any and all issues in the workplace.

"ATS will also be implementing certain security measures to prevent any further economic sabotage from taking place in the workplace to ensure there are no serious disruptions to ATS services and threats to the Fijian economy in the future.

"This is of particular concern given the politicisation of the situation by some actors."

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