11 Jul 2002

Fiji airline employees will start work to rule at midnight Friday

10:28 am on 11 July 2002

Members of the Fiji Aviation Workers Association will begin strike action against the national airline, Air Pacific, from midnight tomorrow (Fri).

The action will begin with cabin attendants, flight crew and ground staff working to rule and an overtime ban while delegates from the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries take part in their summit in Nadi.

If Air Pacific does not respond to the issues in dispute by then, employees will take full strike action with support from affiliates of the International Transport Federation in 137 countries some time next week.

The Asia Pacific secretary of the ITF, Shigeru Wada, says they have asked all unions in the region as well as those in the U ited States and Canda, where Air Pacific flies to stand by for solidarty action.

The secretary of the Fiji Aviation Workers Association, Attar Singh, says they have taken heed of the government's call and will not disrupt any flight that is carrying delegates to the ACP summit.

The minister for labour, Kenneth Zinck, says the government is closely monitoring developments.