New Zealand unionists are taking part in a protest outside the Fiji High Commission in Wellington today, to support workers at Nadi Airport who they say have been locked out since December 16. Up to 200 staff have been off work for nearly a month, saying they were locked out for attending a meeting. The company Air Terminal Services said the gathering amounted to illegal strike action. The firm, which provides baggage, catering and engineering services at Nadi airport, has indicated it was bringing in about 150 people to temporarily fill jobs created by the dispute. The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Secretary, Sam Huggard, said the ATS workers have had some serious issues that they wanted to deal with.
"Simply by attending a meeting to get organised to address some of these issues, then that was faced with a pretty swift response," Mr Huggard said.
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