1 Aug 2003

PNG aviation unions slam CAA heads

4:01 pm on 1 August 2003

Three of Papua new Guinea's aviation unions have lashed out at Civil Aviation Authority acting CEO Doug Roser and board chairman Jack Naiyep, saying their leadership has not pulled the authority out of its troubles.

The Civil Aviation National Technical Staff Association president Chilen Williams, PNG Air Traffic Controllers' president David Tawae and Gilbert Kuimare from the PNG Airport Firefighters Association made the criticism in a joint statement yesterday.

They have called on Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Don Poyle to intervene and stop what they describe as a "further decline in the credibility and competence" of the CAA to function as a State entity.

The unions say there are no checks or balances in terms of real productivity and performance of the acting CEO who has practically been given a free hadn to run the CAA as he pleases.

But Mr Poyle has defended the two men, saying he is happy with their management of the authority as they had rescued the CAA from potential ruin.

The unions say that with just a month left in his appointment, the CEO has no real progress to report except for hiring more consultants to look at the CAA's financial management system.