Airways denies it’s to blame for not paying out court-ordered compensation to a former Queenstown air traffic controller.
The Employment Relations Authority found the state-owned enterprise unjustifiably dismissed senior controller Pamela Adams for serious misconduct last year, in a decision released on March 1.
Compensation was to include six months’ salary.
Adams, who estimates she’s owed about $50,000, is upset Airways hasn’t paid out despite not appealing the ERA’s findings.
“They say there’s a dispute over the amount to be paid out but it shouldn’t have taken seven months to work that out.”
Adams threatened to take “further action” – probably debt recovery – if she wasn’t paid out by yesterday.
Airways’ spokesperson Nikki Hawkey told Mountain Scene yesterday: “The failure [to pay] has actually not occurred at our end.”
Hawkey maintains Airways asked Adams to provide information on her salary in July – “because air traffic controllers work on shifts and rosters and have different pays”.
“It took [Adams and her lawyer] until September to respond and we only received that information, I think, two or three days ago.
“Clearly, Ms Adams has not been having very good communication with her own lawyer.”
Hawkey wouldn’t answer specific Mountain Scene questions – to do so she’d need a privacy waiver from Ms Adams’ lawyer.