Airways pays out Adams finally


A sacked Queenstown air traffic controller is claiming victory after finally getting paid compensation from her former employer. 

Pamela Adams waited eight months for a pay-out – she estimates she’s owed about $50,000 from state-owned enterprise Airways. 

She got a call from her lawyer on Tuesday night saying an amount of money was deposited into the firm’s trust account. She was expecting to have the amount confirmed last night and have it transferred to her account. 

The compensation comes hard on the heels of a story in last week’s Mountain Scene in which Airways denied blame for the hold-up. 

Airways spokeswoman Nikki Hawkey said Adams had been asked to provide information on her salary but Airways only recently received it. 

On November 10, a frustrated Adams emailed State Owned Enterprises Minister Simon Power – copying Airways in – threatening to take “further action” if she wasn’t paid by November 17. 

Adams is pleased she contacted Power. 

“That absolutely was the catalyst [for getting the compensation],” she believes. 

The Employment Relations Authority ruled in March that Adams had been unjustifiably dismissed. 

Adams was fired for serious misconduct last year. She and her lawyer had been in “continual contact” with Airways lawyers after the compensation ruling, Adams claims.