Operations will be 'normal', says Air India after strike threat
Mumbai: Air India Sunday ruled out any disruption of its operations due to a strike warning from various unions from April 2, saying there is no threat of any strike from any of the registered unions of its employees.
In what would have come as a breather to the debt-laden national carrier, the Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU) today came out with a statement ruling out any strike.
In a statement, the Air India said it would like to clarify that "there is no threat of any strike from any or the registered Unions of Air India employees and all its operations will be normal."
It also pointed that its management met the unions at Mumbai and explained them the action taken to clear the dues of salaries and productivity-linked incentives (PLI) including the backlog payments in the coming months.
"The management also assured the Unions that it would clear any backlog of payment till May as soon as the budgetary support is received towards equity infusion from the government," the Air India said.
The unions had a few days back threatened to go on strike from April 2 as three rounds of talks with management failed to resolve the issues of Air India employees, who have not been paid their dues for the past five months.
The strike warning followed the demand of the unions for a written commitment from the management that it will clear the entire dues before April 1, union sources had told media.
The oldest and largest trade union of Air India ACEU, however, said today that it had not given any strike notice.
"Being the oldest and the largest trade union of Air India, we would like to bring to your notice that there is no strike of the ground staff, cabin crew and other categories belonging to our Union and neither have we given any strike notice and Air India operations will be as smooth as they are," the Union said in a statement.