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Justice prevails, says Rabuka

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, January 21, 2018

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party leader and former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka said "justice has prevailed for Air Terminal Services workers and their families" after the Employment Relations Tribunal ordered ATS management to allow the more than 200 employees back to work within 48 hours.

He added the ATS workers were essential to the safe, secure and efficient running of the Nadi International Airport and it was urgent they be returned to work as soon as possible.

"Their fundamental human right to work has been interfered with by this illegal lockout, their families have suffered and there are allegations that there may have been safety compromises by the ATS board and management since — these need to be properly investigated," he said.

"Returning the ATS workers to their workplace, will start to resolve many of these issues."

He said it was imperative ATS board chairman Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and acting CEO Hare Mani also ensured the workers were paid for the days they were locked out and that all their benefits were restored without penalty — as ordered by the tribunal.

"The Order by the Employment Tribunal for the ATS staff picketing outside the ATS premises to return to work within 48 hours is the sweet justice which the Federated Airline Staff Association members had resolved to sacrifice together after they were locked out by ATS on 16th December, 2017."

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