Air India employees defer strike

March 17th, 2008 - 9:57 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Air India employees have decided to defer their strike, following an intervention by the labour commissioner here. They have been protesting against the non-implementation of agreements related to their wages and cadre policy. The Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU), which had called for a strike Tuesday, said they called off it for the moment.

“We will meet next April 4. We would submit our demands to the chief labour commissioner by then,” said general secretary of ACEU J.B. Kadiyan.

The government had said the proposed strike would be illegal.

The employees claimed that the sale of state-owned National Aviation Co of India Ltd (NACIL), which runs Air India, was “imminent” in the present scenario.

The union blamed the government for its “irrational” aviation policy and for encouraging private sector airlines, which brought down the stature of the national carrier.

ACEU also forwarded a letter to Air India’s chief managing director (CMD) V. Thulasidas, pointing out how the state-run airlines was being “systematically sabotaged”.

“Poor planning, poor decisions and execution at the highest level have led the company to losses in the last six months,” ACEU claimed.

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