FIJI Airways has posted “impressive profits” over the past few years and should be in a position to take care of its employees, says Fiji Trades Union Congress National Secretary, Felix Anthony.
In a statement issued yesterday, he said he was “very concerned” the airline sent staff members on leave without pay because of the impact to business caused by COVID-19.
“The move by Fiji Airways sends a very wrong signal to all employers to have a licence to send workers home without pay,” said Mr Anthony. “This is particularly worrisome when the A-G (Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum) 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. “Surely if the airline and the country were 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.”
Meanwhile, questions sent to Fiji Airways remained unanswered when this edition went to press last night.
BY LUKE NACEI
24th March, 2020