‘Chair took pay cut’

Nadi International Airport. The chairman of Fiji Airports took a 100 per cent pay cut while management copped a 30 per cent salary cut in April 2020 because of COVID-19. Picture: File/ BALJEET SINGH

The chairman of Fiji Airports (FA) took a 100 per cent pay cut while management copped a 30 per cent salary cut in April 2020 when the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was stated in the report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs that reviewed the Fiji Airports 2018-2019 annual report.

“Effective from 01 April 2020, the management took a 30 per cent and the board chairman a 100 per cent pay cut while staff working hours was reduced from 80 to 56 hours per fortnight effective from June 2020,” the report stated.

The committee was told stringent cost-cutting measures were undertaken. “Contracts for terminal cleaning, security, grass cutting, rubbish collection were all reviewed and either reduced or ceased in line with traffic movement.” The retirement age was also reduced from 60 to 55 effective from January 1, 2021 to align with Government’s public service employees.

“Staff leaving were provided very attractive redundancy packages above and beyond those legally required, rather than terminating them without any package so as to ensure a level of support for the individual and their family.”

Fiji Airports also offered discounts from 50 per cent to 100 per cent to all Nadi International Airport tenants, depending upon the impact severity of COVID-19.

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