May 24, 2012

Radio Australia: Union to question Australian Air Pacific director

Jeff Waters
Last Updated: 21 hours 59 minutes ago

The head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) says she'll seek a meeting with Qantas International's new chief executive, because of his role as a director of a Fijian airline.

Simon Hickey is the boss of the new Qantas international company, but he's also a director of Air Pacific, which is part owned by Qantas.

Australian unions say Air Pacific has been too close to Fiji's military government.

Last year Air Pacific said it had helped that government draft a decree to crush the country's union movement.

There's no evidence that Mr Hickey was involved in drafting the decree but ACTU President, Ged Kearney, says she wants to meet with him.

"We would have some concerns about somebody who was involved with Air Pacific at the time that Air Pacific helped draft a decree for Fiji," she said.

The ABC is waiting for a response from Mr Hickey.

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