Fiji’s international airline, Air Pacific is in financial doldrums as the effects of the military coup, deterioration of Fiji’s economy and the global financial crisis take a serve toll on its operations.
Sources have told Coupfourpointfive that the chief executive of Air Pacific, John Campbell, met with the Air Pacific worker's union, to discuss proposals to implement a salary cut of ten percent for all workers and also reduce the working week to four days.
This means that apart from taking a 10 percent reduction in their salaries, the workers will have to work for only 32 hours per week instead of the normal 40 hours.
Sources say an eight hour reduction in working hours is in itself a 20 percent reduction in salary, and a 10 percent salary cut will mean that workers will have their weekly pay packets reduced by a massive 30 percent.
Air Pacific has been experiencing a drastic reduction in income due to a dramatic fall in passenger numbers. This has been constant for some months now despite the Fiji Visitors Bureau’s marketing efforts, spending millions of dollars to attract tourists.