AI staff union threatens action if crew not reinstated

Last Updated: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 22:32

Mumbai: A section of Air India staff union
has threatened "industrial action" if the management did not
reinstate 23 cabin crew, who were derostered over the last
month`s Cairo flight delay episode.

The union is contemplating to launch a
`non-cooperation` drive from tomorrow to press its demands, a
union leader said.

"We have written a letter to the management, stating
that the derostering of all 23 cabin-crew is illegal. We want
an immediate reinstatement of the derostered crew, failing
which we will resort to industrial action," All India Cabin
Crew Association (AICCA) General Secretary, Sanjay Lazar said
here today.

The Air India Mumbai-Toronto flight was operated from
Cairo on April 15 due to closure of European airspace due to
volcanic ash. The flight was delayed by around 16 hours and it
was reported that a section of the cabin crew had gone out for
sight-seeing in the Egyptian capital, causing the delay.

This charge, was however, refuted by the AICCA.

The Association claims representation of around 3,000
cabin crew, including executive cadre in National Aviation
Company of India Limited (NACIL).

NACIL is the holding company formed after the merger
of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India.

"We do not rule out the possibility of striking work
as well if our demands are not met," he said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 22:32

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