Friday, June 16, 2017

Air India unions want privatisation of national carrier stopped, write to aviation minister

As the government confirmed to India Today, that privatisation of national carrier Air India is on track, a joint forum of unions representing Air India employees wrote to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju opposing the move.
The letter dated 14th June, 2017 alleged an attempt was being made to demolish the national carrier, which has been built over a period of 64 years. It accused the Niti Aayog of "unilaterally, arbitrarily and illegally" recommending privatisation without seeking the opinion of stakeholders.
"The recommendation to privatise Air India has come at a time, when Air India is showing all-round progress, profitability and over 33% increase in the numbers of passengers," the letter read.
Speaking exclusively to India Today, JB Kadyan, Secretary General, ACEU (Air Corporation Employees Union), said, "We will approach the government first, but if they don't listen to us we will agitate. How can the Niti Aayog CEO file a report in 15 days? It shows he has written it sitting in a room, without evaluating our assets. We are not responsible for the mess of Air India, government policies are."
The letter stated that successive governments have ignored reports of the parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation headed by CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury that suggested methods to improve conditions within Air India.
15/06/17 Poulomi Saha/India Today