Solomon Airlines staff demand immediate removal of bosses
By Alfred Sasako
SOLOMON Airlines staff are demanding the immediate removal of their Chairman, Austin Holmes, Chief Executive Officer, Brett Gebers and the Secretary of the Board, Bill Tyson, before the national carrier breaks down.
“Solomon Airlines staff want immediate termination of his employment as CEO of Solomon Airlines before the company breaks down,” the staff said in a confidential assessment report.
Island Sun has obtained a copy of the report.
“Since he Joined Solomon Airlines in early April 2017, he is busy employing his con friends as Consultants including his (own) son William Gebers as an IT Consultant based in Brisbane. These Consultants … are Contracted fly in/out doing nothing and so far no good results have been achieved for Solomon Airlines,” the report said.
The report named the consultants as Richard Holstein, Josef Loew, Mike Arbuckle and William Gebers.
The report also named former JETCO staff that Capt Gebers had engaged at Solomon Airlines’ Brisbane Office. They are Arlene Bennett, Jennifer Sipple, Julie Stimson and Julieann Fagan.
“He (Capt Gebers) is a liability to the company and needs to be removed immediately. He (Gebers) has no future plans for the advancement of the national airline. Only the poor National staff are working their guts out to keep the national carrier flying,” the staff said in the report.
The report said with just one large aircraft servicing Australia, the Brisbane Office is over-staffed with people who had no airline background.
“As a result of this, one of our dedicated PNG airport manager, Mr James Chan, had resigned. Solomon Airlines is Solomon-owned Airlines and should be providing employment to Solomon Islanders, not his son (William Gerbers) and his con man. He is also interfering with the Airline AMADEUS REHRESH Training Programme where he nominated his son (William Gebers) and other new staff just employed at Solomon Airlines Brisbane Office who have no Airlines experience to attend this training whereas it should be the National Staff (Solomon Islanders) who have the experience are the ones who should be given priority to attend these refresher courses but they have not been nominated for the training,” they said.
“Bill Tyson is one of his right hand man and advisor for Brett. They have been running Solomon Airlines like they owned it. They can do anything they want. Bill is a liability for Solomon Airlines, he has done or contribute nothing to Solomon Airlines. Solomon Airlines does not need Bill Tyson. Need to be terminated as well,” the report said.
“Solomon Airlines Board of Director Chairman Austin Holmes has failed to move Solomon Airlines forward. He has contributed nothing because he has no good idea about airlines industry operations, his only business is logging Solomon Islands.
“He should not be appointed in the first place,” the report said.
The report said Mr Austin’s tenure was due to expire two months ago. He should never be reappointed, the report said
“All Solomon Airlines Staff are calling on the Chairman of the Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands (ICSI) to immediately terminate the CEO/Brett Gebers and Bill Tyson. There are many Educated and qualified Solomon Islanders in the market place who are capable of replacing these Gentlemen,” the report said.