Air Pacific has assured passengers that flights will not be impeded by the threat of coordinated strike action between Australian, Fijian and New Zealand workers unions.
The airline announced Thursday that it had successfully obtained a court injunction which prevents unions in Australia from pursuing industrial action.
An Air Pacific statement read; “The statements made recently by the Australian Transport Workers Union (TWU) not only threatened to harm Air Pacific, but the Fijian economy, and the people of Fiji, of which up to 45,000 are employed in the tourism and hospitality industry.” Air Pacific’s attorney Simon Brady said the strike proposed by the Australian Transport Workers Union (TWU) was unlawful under Australia’s Fair Work Act.
TWU has been trying to coordinate strike action between sister organisations in Fiji and New Zealand to protest against treatment of transport workers by the Fijian military government. Plans were announced earlier in the week to delay or cancel Air pacific flights between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
This prompted stern warnings from the national carrier in which the Fijian government has a majority stake. It told the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) that it would “take whatever legal steps it considers necessary to prevent such action from occurring”, adding that action would be taken to recover any losses it may suffer as a result.