More than 700 Fiji Airways staff will be issued termination letters this week.
Flight attendants and cabin crew have received termination letters.
A letter sent to now former employees stated that the effects of COVID-19 pandemic continue to have a severe effect on Fiji Airways business.
Staff have been given 48 hours to immediately remove any personal items from the company’s premises and return any items of company or CAAF identification, uniform, documentation and any other equipment or articles issued by the company. The letter stated that 95% of Fiji Airways International Services have been suspended on March 20th, 2020 and remain suspended.
Fiji Flight Attendants Trade Union rep Joe McGowan confirmed that 775 Fiji Airways employees will be issued their termination letters this week.
That’s 53% of the Fiji Airways workforce.
The letter went on to state that ‘Pursuant to clause 5.1 of your collective agreement, in the event of termination of your employment you are entitled to a period of two weeks prior notice. As you employment is being terminated with immediate effect the comp[any will make a payment in lieu of notice to you. This will be paid directly into your bank account by the close of business tomorrow, together with an ex gratia payment equivalent to a further two weeks salary and any accrued annual leave entitlement, outstanding allowances and approved expenses”.
The letter signed by Gordon Penfold the Executive General Manager Shared Business Services further stated that the company does not expect to see a return to normal operations in the foreseeable future.
“However, if and when circumstances change, your past service will be taken into account for any future vacancies that may become available at Fiji Airways.