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Do the right thing and resign: Biman

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, January 21, 2018

"DO the honourable thing and resign."

This was the message from the National Federation Party to Employment Minister Jone Usamate, Air Terminal Services Fiji Ltd chairperson Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the board and ATS management.

NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said the order issued by the Employment Relations Tribunal yesterday to ATS to allow all workers to resume duties within 48 hours confirms the "highhandedness adopted by the Employment Minister and the chairperson, board members and management of ATS".

He said the ATS chairperson, board members and management should "take their cue from the order and resign".

"The order confirms the stand of all others except Government and ATS that the workers were prevented from entering the ATS premises," Prof Biman said.

"Simply, 49 per cent shareholders of ATS were refused entry into their company premises by those who are their employees (management).

"This was deliberately ignored by the Employment Minister, the board chairman and management.

"This resulted in the workers, their families and children spending Christmas and New Year in tents.

"Ignorance and defiance of the law is inexcusable and they must do the right thing and resign."

Questions sent to Mr Usamate, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and ATS acting CEO Hare Mani yesterday regarding the comments made by the NFP leader remained unanswered when this story went to press.

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