New Zealand joins international mobilising efforts

A protest will be held outside Fiji High Commission at 12pm. File photo.

New Zealand workers will join international mobilising efforts for 250 Fijian ground handling workers at Nadi airport by hosting a protest today.

The workers have been locked out since before Christmas by Fiji Government-controlled Air Terminal Services.

The protest will take place at 12pm outside the Fiji High Commission in Wellington

The workers - who own 49 per cent of the company - attended an emergency shareholders meeting over mismanagement and appalling conditions at the company.

Issues raised include sexual harassment and an 11-year pay freeze. After the workers returned from the shareholders' meeting on December 16 they were locked out.

Safety standards are at risk as the replacement workforce is stretched - yesterday Air New Zealand reported damage in its airline going undetected while on the ground in Nadi.

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