Friday, June 16, 2017

7 AI unions write to Centre, threaten unrest

New Delhi: Seven unions of Air India employees have warned the government of large-scale protests if a proposal from NITI Aayog to privatise the national carrier is approved.

In a letter dated June 14, the unions have sought an appointment with the Civil Aviation Minister Gajapathi Raju to discuss their concerns over Air India's future.

The unions have written that they oppose the "arbitrary and unilateral" recommendations of the government's top policymaking body to privatise Air India and have called it a "spokesperson of the private sector".

"We urge you not to accept the hurried recommendations by the NITI AYOG and not to force the employees of Air India to agitate which will lead to industrial unrest and disharmony," the letter said.

The letter also raises concerns over job losses due to the government's move, particularly for those who fall in the reserved categories "as private sector has no obligation to follow the reservation policy".

The letter further said employees all over India were "agitated and apprehensive" about the issue.

There are a total 21,137 employees of Air India, including its subsidiaries.
16/06/17 Outlook