15 Dec 2010

Fiji union shocked at airline sackings

1:36 pm on 15 December 2010

The union representing workers made redundant by Fiji's Pacific Sun airline says they're shocked and saddened by the company's decision.

Pacific Sun has announced 85 workers will be made redundant from the end of January as part of the company's restructuring plans.

The airline said it's lost almost 10 million US dollars since 2007 and continued losses are unsustainable.

The Transport Workers Union says it was not consulted about the redundancies and could have offered other options such as freezing recruitment, retraining employees, or absorbing them into Air Pacific, Pacific Sun's parent company.

Its general secretary Kamlesh Kumar says the job losses were an unexpected shock

"Given that one it's difficult to find jobs, alternative employment in Fiji, given the current political situation here nobody wants to do business with Fiji. And secondly with Christmas approaching and sure enough the company could have chosen a better Christmas gift for the workers."

Kamlesh Kumar says the restructuring will create 29 jobs at Air Pacific but that's far short of the number of jobs lost.