Sunday, October 13, 2019

Air India convenes divestment meeting with unions on Monday

Mumbai: The management of national carrier Air India has convened a meeting of all its employee unions on Monday to discuss a proposal to privatise the airline.

“We have been called for a meeting with the management on Monday, but we don’t know the agenda. Officially the agenda of the meeting is not known, but we believe it’s regarding divestment,” Air Corporation Employees’ Union (ACEU) General Secretary J B Kadian told BusinessLine.

ACEU, which represents non-technical staff, is the largest union at Air India, with more than 8,000 about members.
The meeting, which unions term as “crucial”, has been called by Air India Chairman Ashwani Lohani. Apart from the carrier’s top management, Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar and two each representatives each from every union are expected to attend.
Representatives from about 10 trade unions including ACEU, Air India Employees Union, Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), All-India Aircraft Engineers’ Association, Indian Airlines Technicians Association, Air India Employees Union and Aviation Industry Employees Guild among others are expected to attend the meeting.

“Only two representatives per union are allowed in the meeting, and this being a crucial meeting, members of all the unions, including the non-recognised ones, have been called,” Kadian added.
13/10/19 Rajesh Kurup/Business Line
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