Action please

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Namaka, Nadi | Monday, December 18, 2017

It does not matter if one calls it a lockout, walkout or a lightning strike, the saga at the Air Terminal Services workplace will have a very negative impact on our tourism industry across the border.

I believe our Government had allocated about $30 million in our 2017 National Budget to Tourism Fiji for marketing and millions of dollars for Fiji Airways and from our other tourist- related stakeholders, all in the interest of our economy and destination, Fiji.

I believe the workers and shareholders at ATS have walked off their jobs to register their utter disappointment relevant to the inability of the current CEO and his management team to realistically resolve the 10-year-old impasse.

I believe the workers' demand seems very genuine but the question to ask is, why it has taken so long to bring everyone to the table and find an amicable solution so as not to subject our fragile industry to such irresponsible actions?

But let us not forget that all employees of ATS, including the CEO and his management team, are all shareholders.

I believe our Minister for Employment Jone Usamate must step in immediately to mediate and get the parties concerned to talk, irrespective of which side is right or wrong.

Keep the communication line open please and do not hold the country to ransom.

Mr Usamate is a master tactician and he is an excellent negotiator, the country needs you most now sir.

Please kindly negotiate in good and the best of faith as our island nation can ill afford all this.

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