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Politicians and unionists evading missing workers money

January 14, 2018 5:04 pm

Air Terminal Services chair, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the politicians and unionists such as Felix Anthony who have encouraged and cajoled striking ATS workers to continue with their illegal actions have now very conspicuously side-stepped and evaded the issue of the missing workers money.

He says the recent media statements by ATSET general secretary Vili Finau on missing five point two million dollars dividend is false.

“Where is the money? The continued politicization of the ATS issue must not distract us from seeking public accountability. These dividends were for the workers were ironically marching yesterday in protest of better conditions and pay. It’s shocking that even after not being able to account for such a large sum of money, FASA secretary Vili Finau is seemingly sweeping this missing 5.2million dollars under the carpet and is refusing to comment further on this.”

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Sayed-Khaiyum has called on the striking ATS workers to ask for an inquiry into this matter.

“In the meantime there is stopping the workers who are the beneficiaries of ATSET from immediately demanding for a police inquiry into this most scandalous of affairs and put to task their officials and political supporters in order to find out what happened to their 5.2million dollars. They must do so for themselves and their families. They must rightfully demand what is theirs.”

Meanwhile, the ATS chair also says the claims about no pay increases is an outright lie as they have ample evidence of pay increases of many staff.

In terms of COLA not being paid out for several years, Sayed-Khaiyum says it has been an ongoing issue because the unions have not been willing to negotiate in good faith.

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