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Union wants chief executive officer, board chairman to resign

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE Fiji Trades Union Congress is calling for an independent investigation into the operations of Air Terminal Services during the 35 days the company was in a dispute with more than 200 of its employees.

In a statement, FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony also called for the resignation of Air Terminal Services CEO Hare Mani and board chairperson Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

"The (Employment and Industrial Relations) tribunal ruling is very straightforward," Mr Anthony said.

"Management did not follow proper procedures as stipulated in the Collective Agreement and had no right to suspend workers without pay.

"This was very obvious from day one and management in mediation was reminded by the union of this breach."

He said the congress wanted to see some "accountability" and who would take "responsibility for the losses incurred" during this period.

A copy of the statement was sent to Mr Mani, who said he could not comment at this stage.

Questions sent on January 24, January 25 and January 29 to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum on the statement by Mr Anthony remained unanswered when this report went to press last night

"The country had been told that the chairman had made the decision to force workers to sign an admission of fault before being allowed back to work. The chief executive officer repeated those demands," Mr Anthony said.

"It must be remembered that every dollar that is lost through mismanagement, forty-nine cents belong to workers.

"The FTUC demands the resignation of the chair of the board and the CEO of ATS.

"They cannot be allowed to continue in office.

"The FTUC calls for a full investigation by an independent investigator into ATS and the airport operations for the period in question and hold those in authority accountable for their lapses.

"This Government parrots accountability, honesty and justice but this may be the opportunity for it to showcase what it preaches."

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