August 15, 2008

AFL chairman sacked

AFL chairman sacked
By TIMOTHY NAIVALUWAQA- Friday, August 15, 2008

AIRPORTS Fiji Limited chairman Digby Bossley has been dismissed by the interim Government barely a year after taking up office.
Interim Public Enterprises Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed yesterday Mr Bossley's services were terminated on Wednesday.
When asked for a reason, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said "All I can say is that Mr Bossley's appointment has been terminated."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Public Enterprises permanent secretary Pio Tikoduadua has been appointed to the board and that an acting chairman's position would be announced soon.
Mr Bossley refused to comment and directed queries to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.
Fiji Public Service Association general secretary Rajeshwar Singh welcomed the decision and urged the Government to carry out further changes at top management level.
Mr Singh said Mr Bossley's failure to settle company obligations could be a reason for his removal.
"I think his removal is for the better because since his appointment he was not able to deliver anything.
"This is a very good decision and Mr Bossley's replacement should take his cue that if they do not work, dialogue or negotiate, it will not be accepted."
Last month, the FPSA issued a strike notice for the company's failure to resolve outstanding issues dating back to 2000.
About 200 FPSA members are expected to walk off their jobs on August 29.
Mr Bossley was appointed chairman mid last year following the resignation of Rick Rickman.
It's believed Mr Rickman will hold the fort until an appointment is made.
Yesterday he was unavailable for comment.

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