Leave Without Pay Is Not The Answer
The FTUC is concerned on the announcement by Fiji Airways to send staff on leave without pay. This is contrary to the Prime Minister’s call to employers not to send workers on leave without pay or make workers redundant. The move by Fiji Airways sends a very wrong signal to all employers to have a licence to send workers home without pay. This is particularly worrisome when the AG makes this announcement.
This Government must provide stimulus packages that would ensure the workers who are affected such as Fiji Airways are taken care of. Fiji Airways has not shown that it has carried out its responsibility seriously to protect people of Fiji and in particular, their staff. It now even goes further in seeking dispensation from the quarantine that the Government has imposed in Lautoka.
Fiji Airways is the first to punish workers who have worked strenuously to ensure the airline profits. The airline has posted impressive profits over the last few years and yet seems to be on its knees in just one week of this crisis affecting Fiji. Surely if the airline and the country was doing so well as we were made to believe, the airline should have been in a position to take care of its staff.
This is so unfortunate and depressing for workers who faithfully made the airline successful. Fiji Airways needs to be a more responsible employer and Government needs to ensure that all the claims about the airline doing so well was not all bluff.
The FTUC calls upon the Government to take responsibility for the state of affairs in Fiji Airways and ensure that workers can have a decent living, particularly during this global crisis.