FIJI PM OFFICE – 14/10/2020, Fiji
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today stressed that he cannot interfere with the Fiji Airways management board decision.
A former Fiji Airways flight attendant pleaded with the Prime Minister if he could assist them in getting their jobs back as they were terminated four months ago.
Orisi Rayaqona said he is bringing the matter to the leader of the nation, in hope of getting assistance.
“I’ve been working for Fiji Airways for the past 30 years and this is the face of Fiji to the world Mr Prime Minister and I have done my share to raise Fiji to the world wherever I go but this has happened to us, so I have taken this opportunity to come down here and in front of my Nasautorotoro clan to raise this up with you.”
Responding to the question, Bainimarama said he cannot do anything.
“Unfortunately for you, I can’t do anything about it. I never interfere with any board, I never interfere with any chairmanship of any board. I leave it to the board and the CEO’s to decide what’s good for the company, any company in Fiji so unfortunately, I cannot tell you what’s happening behind the scenes.”
Bainimarama also visited the Nadi International Airport where he thanked the “skeleton” staff of Fiji Airways and other relevant agencies on the ground for their excellent services during this COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister conveyed the Fijian Government’s appreciation to the staff for their commitment and tireless efforts in ensuring Fiji’s borders are “COVID-contained.”
Being exposed to high COVID-19 risks, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that the ongoing shifts and extra precautionary measures taken by the staff at the airport during this ongoing crisis is commendable.
The Head of Government was also briefed by the Fiji Airways management on the company’s strategic measures in handling the pandemic, its recruitment process, quarantine measures, and discussions on the ongoing travel bubble plans.
The Fiji Airways management also revealed to the Prime Minister that the company “is ready to fully operate once the borders re-open”.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/FIJI PM OFFICE/PACNEWS