Air India employees call off strike, 15 striking employees sacked

May 26th, 2010 - 9:16 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): The stalemate over Air India employees’ strike came to an end following an understanding reached here between the AI management and and the strikers on Wednesday evening.

Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU) Regional Secretary Vivek Rao said that the union was calling off the strike as the “management had come to an understanding of our demands”.

“We are calling off our strike. Court has given us a direction and we are following that. After meeting the Chief Labour Commissioner we have decided to call off strike,” said Rao, a private channel reported.

The two-day strike badly affected the airlines in the country while causing inconvenience to thousands of passengers for two days.

However, Air India has sacked 15 striking employees, said a privat channel report.

Meanwhile, all grounded flights, due to the strke, will take off soon.

At least 89 flights had been affected by the strike.

The proposed May 31 strike has also been stayed.

Earlier, the National Aviation Company of India Limited had approached High Court against the two-day strike by Air India employees.

Delhi High Court had also stayed the strike.

The union called off the strike after Civil Aviation Ministry decided to act tough and take action against striking employees. Air India management was given a clear mandate by the Prime Minister’s Office to take action against striking employees following which the airline sacked 15 employees.

Over 20,000 Air India crewmembers and maintenance engineers, had gone on a flash strike protesting against an order issued by the AI management following the Saturday’s plane crash incident at Mangalore.

The striking employees were upset over the management’s gag order prohibiting some of its leaders to speak out in public on the Mangalore crash.

The order that was issued after the air crash at Mangalore on Saturday (May 22), non-payment of salaries was another reason for the staff to go on strike. (ANI)

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