Highlights

  • Unions oppose demand to clear quarters within 6 months
  • Employees ask to end stay in official residence while 'employment guarantee' with Tatas remain

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Air India unions threaten strike before the Tata takeover

The unions said employees have been asked to give an undertaking by October 15 that they would vacate the staff quarters

There is turbulence before take-off for Air India's takeover by the Tata Group. Reports indicate the ground staff and engineers of Air India have threatened to go on strike from November 2 over a government decision which requires them to vacate office quarters in six months after the sale of airline.

A letter with the strike notice says AI  employees got a notice on October 5 asking for an undertaking that the residence will be vacated in 6 months of Air India being privatised. Air India has a colony near the Mumbai Airport in Kalina as well as in he upmarket residential area of Vasant Vihar in Delhi.  

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"We urge you to intercede on behalf of the Air Indians who reside in these colonies to allow them to reside in them for a reasonable period of at least a year. Since the new buyer is providing employees with a one-year employment guarantee, the colony facility should at least be co-terminus with that date, if not until VRS is provided, " the joint action forum comprising of pilots, cabin crew and ground staff unions said in a letter to aviation ministry. 




 

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