AI mgmt calls other unions for meeting on Tuesday

Last Updated: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 22:16

New Delhi: In an apparent bid to stem
support for the June 12 strike call given by two major unions,
Air India management today called top leaders of other unions
for a meeting on Tuesday.

The merged airline has a total of 14 unions representing
various sections of workers of the two erstwhile carriers.

The management, which had earlier decided to defer
payment of May salaries by a week, also announced that wage
disbursements would take place on June one itself.

"Management intends to communicate through the office
bearers of the unions, the actual reasons leading to the
present situation," an Air India spokesperson said, adding
that the meeting will be held in the Mumbai headquarters on
June one.

Air India, which withdrew recognition to All India
Aircraft Engineers Association (AIAEA) and the Air
Corporations Employees Union (ACEU) that led the two-day
strike, said it had done so as they had not only caused
harassment to passengers and losses to the company but also
indulged in "regular violations" of discipline.

Air India charged the AIAEA and ACEU with indulging in
"regular violations of Code of Discipline and of the
Settlements and acting in a manner resulting in the disruption
of the normal working of the company and breach of industrial
peace and harmony."

"One of the most objectionable actions of AIAEA was
that in breach of office order dated 27.7.2009 it approached
media criticising the systems and procedures of the company,"
an Air India statement said.

The airline claimed that "there are no statutory
provisions for recognition of trade unions. The Trade Union
Act 1926 does not provide for recognition of a trade union in
respect of industry or establishment. The Industrial Dispute
Act also does not provide for recognition of trade unions".

Recognition of a union, with a membership of at least 15
per cent workers of an establishment, was only "recommendatory
and has no statutory force", it claimed.

The management said the erstwhile Indian Airlines had
recognised ACEU in May 1959 recognising that the company was
"a Public Utility Service operating round the clock everyday
and has a duty of serving the travelling public."

Regarding termination of services of 58 employees and
suspension of 24 others, the airline merely said this was done
under sections of the Service Regulations and Contract of


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First Published: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 22:16

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