The head of Australia’s Transport Workers Union says the airline Qantas is obliged to give its support to an Australian pilot under arrest in Fiji.
Air Pacific pilot Shalend Scott has been arrested and charged with cyber crimes, after it was alleged he had accessed and removed confidential documents including some indicating Air Pacific had paid for the drafting of an essential service decree, described as anti union.
Last week Qantas said as Mr Scott was not its employee, it could take no action.
But the National Secretary of Australia’s Transport Workers Union, Tony Sheldon, says as Qantas owns 46 per cent of Air Pacfic, it cannot ignore the issue.
“They also need to speak out because they are a substantive contributor to that economy through their links on tourism,” he said.
Shelland Scott has been released on bail and will appear again later this week.