Union­ist claims

Tukai Lag­o­ni­lakeba, Nadi

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

If there were any safety breaches at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port dur­ing the ATS em­ploy­ees strike as sug­gested by union ac­tivist Dan Urai than it is an in­ter­nal op­er­a­tional mat­ter that in­volves the CAAFI, AFL, ATS in­clud­ing Fiji Air­ways who are all re­spon­si­ble stake­hold­ers and are all com­pli­ant with in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice stan­dards.

Urai’s call and claims in the me­dia seek­ing the op­po­si­tion to move a mo­tion in Par­lia­ment for a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into the al­le­ga­tions is sense­less, un­called for and base­less.

But, I per­son­ally feel the blame should be di­rected to the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) to­gether with the ATS union mem­ber em­ploy­ees who went on strike on De­cem­ber 16, 2017.

It will only be a time waster in our Par­lia­ment as there are more press­ing and ur­gent is­sues needed to be dealt with and dis­cussed in Par­lia­ment. The breach claim by Urai is an in­ter­nal pol­icy op­er­a­tional mat­ter for the reg­u­la­tors to deal with in a pro­fes­sional man­ner and I am sure they have done that.

I would urge Dan to get any of the Op­po­si­tion of his choice from ei­ther SODELPA or the NFP to reg­is­ter his sug­gested mo­tion in our next Par­lia­ment sit­ting. If ac­cepted by the sec­re­tar­iat we will again wit­ness the mo­tion be­ing sim­ply thrown out of Par­lia­ment be­cause the Op­po­si­tion mem­bers have never suc­ceeded in any of their mo­tions so far.

The Em­ploy­ees Tri­bunal rul­ing by Mag­is­trate See in Jan­uary this year is a land­mark judge­ment for the Coun­try's Em­ploy­ment and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Laws with the learned Mag­is­trate giv­ing out spe­cific in­struc­tions to all par­ties con­cerned to im­me­di­ately re­turn to their work­place and get on with the busi­ness.

The Fiji Sun’s re­port on page 16 (Fe­bru­ary, Tues­day 13) re­ported an im­por­tant turn of event whereby the High Court of Lautoka wholly struck out all claims by ATSET against Gov­ern­ment and the ATS Board and its man­age­ment. In its judge­ment the High Court stated that the ATSET ap­pli­ca­tion was a case which was both “Bad in Law” and “Weak on Ev­i­dence” What a mess Dan, but some­one def­i­nitely will have to pay the price along the line.

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