Panel to resolve grievances of Air India employees (Lead)

February 18th, 2011 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi Friday said a committee would soon be constituted to resolve the grievances of national carrier Air India’s employees.”We have formed a mechanism under which we will have a committee to look into the various issues of the unions, which includes wage parity,” Ravi told reporters here on the sidelines of a function commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first commercial domestic flight in India.

According to the minister, his interactions with all the 14 employees unions of the airline Feb 16-17 were constructive and positive.

“My interactions with the unions went off well. We talked on several issues…about the grievances and how to move forward. The outcome was positive,” said Ravi.

The minister held talks with the unions of the cash-strapped airline after one of its pilots associations threatened to go on a flash strike over non-payment of salaries and dues.

The minister said that one of the biggest challenges before him was to renew the lost glory of Air India, whose parent company National Aviation Company of India suffered losses to the tune of Rs.5,551 crore in 2009-10, in addition to the loss of Rs.7,189 crore in the previous year.

“One of the biggest challenges before us is to lend renewed vibrancy to public sector undertakings like Air India and Airports Authority of India,” Ravi said.

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