Air India unions plan to launch stir against late wages

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 18:51

New Delhi: Major Air India unions today
decided to launch an agitation, which could lead to a strike,
to protest delayed payment of wages.

They are also opposed to implementation of recommendations
of two parliamentary committees which include separate
domestic and international airlines under a single holding
company.

"We will launch an agitation and gradually build it up by
holding demonstrations and other forms of peaceful protests. A
decision on having a strike will be taken by all the 11
unions, including those of pilots and cabin crew," V J Deka,
spokesperson of a joint platform of the unions, told PTI here.

He said the unions platform, Civil Aviation Joint Action
Forum (CAJAF), would meet next week to decide whether or not
to go on a strike.

Besides protesting the delay in payment of salaries and
"long overdue" wage revision, CAJAF is demanding that several
recommendations made by Parliament`s Committee on Public
Undertakings and Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and
Culture on Air India, be implemented.

Deka said the CAJAF was also protesting the "lack of
facilities" for staff members in the newly-built Terminal-3 of
the Delhi airport, which would be opened on July 3.

The facilities, which exist for the staff at the present
location of Air India at Terminal 1-B, include canteen,
parking facilities.

"These facilities are not being provided to the staff in
the proposed new terminal. If the management or the airport
operator doesn`t decide on these minimal things, we will be
constrained to decide not to shift to the new terminal," Deka
said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 18:51

comments powered by Disqus