Axed Oasis staff seek HK$10m

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 April, 2008, 12:00am

Jobless former Oasis employees are seeking more than HK$10 million in back pay and salaries in lieu of notice through the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund.

Ip Wai-ming, deputy general secretary of the Staff and Workers Union of Hong Kong Civil Airlines, said yesterday that Oasis workers had not been paid from April 1 to 8 - the eight days before the airline sought protection from the High Court on April 9.

He said workers would have to pursue the money owed to them by applying for ex gratia payments from the fund.

March salaries had been paid, and any money owed for April 9 to 18 was the responsibility of the provisional liquidator.

The union would assist workers to apply to the fund on Tuesday.

The amounts would have to be worked out before applications were made.

The maximum ex gratia amounts payable by the fund are HK$36,000 on wage arrears and HK$22,500 on wages in lieu of notice.

Mr Ip said the union was liaising with other airlines to see if there were any jobs available. He hoped they would give preference to former Oasis workers.

More than 400 Oasis employees have called the Labour Department seeking help since the airline sacked 700 workers last Friday when the company's provisional liquidator ran out of funds.