2 May 2002

Fiji aviation workers say dispute resolution now rests with Air Pacific

3:46 pm on 2 May 2002

The Fiji Aviation Workers Association has reached a mandate for industrial action against its employer, Air Pacific, and is now waiting for the airline to resolve outstanding issues before it decides on whether to strike.

The association's general secretary, Attar Singh, says through last week's strike ballot the workers reached an overwhelming mandate to take action against the international airline if the executive committee authorises such action.

Mr Singh says a strike can be avoided if Air Pacific returns to negotiations to resolve outstanding claims spanning as far back as 1998.

He says an Air Pacific representative tried to extract information about the ballot results from a union supervising officer, which is something the employer is not entitled to do.