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Australian Transport Workers’ Union urges Australians to cancel trips to Fiji

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The Australian Transport Workers’ Union has called for all Australian visitors — Fiji’s biggest tourism source market — to reconsider visiting Fiji over the coming weeks and months.

The biggest transport workers union in Australia has also asked the Australian Government to put pressure on the Fijian Government because of the Air Terminal Services dispute.

The call was made in a strongly-worded statement issued Thursday by TWU national secretary and chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation road transport section, Tony Sheldon, Fiji Times reports.

“This dispute is serious and is already affecting operations at airports with reports that airline passengers are being asked to bring their own food on board,” he said.

“Travellers to Fiji from Australia need to be aware of this before booking flights or accommodation. The Transport Workers’ Union of Australia is fully supportive of these locked-out workers over bullying and intimidation by Air Terminal Services.

“For 11 years, they have endured a freeze on wages despite living costs going up.

“When they take a stand and demand their rights, the response from Air Terminal Services is a lock-out.

“This is a disgraceful way to treat hardworking transport workers and shareholders, since the employees own 49 per cent of the company.

“The Federal Government needs to support these workers in their fight for basic human rights and ensure workers are not sent from Australia to replace them.”