6 Sep 2005

26 Air Vanuatu employees lose their jobs

5:21 pm on 6 September 2005

Vanuatu's state airline has sacked twenty-six employees.

The Daily Post reports that those Air Vanuatu staff who received their letters of termination confirmed that no reasons were provided, but the letter was purported to have been issued in line with the law.

All of those terminated were said to be National Workers' Union members, two of whom were from the island of Santo.

Sources say the airline's Board and management are targeting those thought to be ringleaders of the current industrial dispute between the Union and the airline.

The Secretary General of the Union, Ephraim Kalsakau, has voiced concern at the situation.

Mr Kalsakau says the Labour Commissioner has assured them that he'll address the issue immediately after the congress.

Mr Kalsakau says it's sad to see the government treating Ni- Vanuatu workers in such a manner, because workers have the right to bargain collectively.