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ATS Chair hits out at unionists and politicians

07:21 Thu Jan 18, 2018


ATS Chairman Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Akosita Talei

Air Terminal Services Chair Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is questioning the integrity of ATS Employees Trust Secretary Vili Finau after he admitted on FBC News last night they have all the documents to prove that the more than five million dollars dividend given to ATSET for its beneficiaries is accounted for.

Sayed-Khaiyum says it was only after ATS talked about the dividend given to ATSET when they started talking and said they never received the money.

However, Sayed-Khaiyum says when ATS presented the evidence to prove the money was given to ATSET, Finau changed his story again.

“Did you receive the money or not? Because if you did than why didn’t you say you received the money? And he’s saying that he now needs to go to the office to look at the papers to verify if they received the money or not. You don’t need lawyers or verification. You just have to say did you receive the money into your account that ATS gave ATSET? Or you didn’t? How you used it that’s not our problem, that’s ATSETs problem.”

The ATS Chairman has also hit out at supporting politicians and unionists who have remained silent on the ATSET dividend issue.

Sayed-Khaiyum says this goes to show that FTUC General Secretary Felix Anthony as well as others do not care about the ATS strikers despite telling Fiji they’re acting in the interests of the workers.

He says this dividend money rightfully belongs to the workers and has questioned Anthony and others why they’re not concerned about the money.

“So he’s saying we going to fight for the workers and get you what belongs to you but at the same time he’s saying about the money? I’m not going to talk about it. That’s between you and ATSET. If he’s concerned and the politicians are concerned and the unionists are concerned about the workers they can’t pick and choose about what is of interest to the workers. They should be concerned about everything for the workers especially when it involves the workers own money and such a huge amount of more than $5million dollars.”

Earlier this week, Anthony told FBC News the ATS Employees Trust is a business arm of the shareholders and the FTUC has no part to play in it.

He adds they have no idea as a union on the money paid out.

Meanwhile, SODELPA members Lynda Tabuya and MP Mosese Bulitavu declined to comment on the issue when fronted by the media in a party press conference last week.

Several attempts to get comments from SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka and National Federation Party Vice President Faizal Koya proved futile.



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