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Government must shoulder blame for ATS saga: Narube

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Update: 1:08PM GOVERNMENT must shoulder the blame for the long and protracted Air Terminal Services (ATS) saga which has finally been resolved by the Employment Relations Tribunal over the weekend.

Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube stressed this in a statement saying the unfortunate situation should not have happened if Government, through its ATS board and chairman, had been fair to the shareholders and the workers in the first place.

"It should not have happened if the Minister of Employment had acted on the merits of the case instead of merely following directions," Mr Narube said.

"If the Prime Minister had put the people first instead of taking sides with the ATS management, this could have also been resolved much sooner."

He said no one had won in this sorry situation.

Mr Narube said the ATS saga was not an isolated incident and clearly reflected the style of Government insensitivity to the call of the people, or respectful of proper industrial relations practices.

He said that important lessons must, however, be drawn from the long drawn-out ATS saga.

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