Air India unions promise full cooperation on Aug 18

Last Updated: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 18:20

Mumbai: A section of Air India employees on Sunday said that they would extend all possible cooperation on August 18, when private airlines will go on strike, to manage extra passenger load and ensure smooth functioning of services.
"We will extend all possible cooperation by working round
the clock to ensure that adequate flights are pressed into
services on August 18 for the benefit of our valued
passengers," Aviation Industry Employees Guild (AIEG) General
Secretary, George Abraham and Air Corporation Employees Union
(ACEU) President, Dinkar Shetty said in a joint statement.

"We will ensure 100 per cent `On Time performance` and
`impeccable` service on the ground and in the air," they said.

Six private carriers, under the aegis of industry body
Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), announced their decision
to not fly on August 18, protesting rising prices of aviation
turbine fuel and taxes, besides high airport charges.

They demanded an immediate bailout and threatened to
suspend services indefinitely if the government did not
intervene urgently.

"We demand that the government come up with an iron hand
on these private airlines and have their operating licences
suspended forthwith," the unions said.

AIEG and ACEU are among the 14 employee unions operating
under the National Aviation Company of India (NACIL), which
runs Air India.

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First Published: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 18:20

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