Logistics

CITU wants all-union meet to end Air India impasse

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 30, 2011 Published on April 30, 2011

According to the CITU Vice-President, Mr M. K. Pandhe, the “avoidable strike” by AI pilots had been causing extreme difficulties for passengers.

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has sought a meeting of all Air India trade unions and the Civil Aviation Minister to find a solution to the ongoing impasse.

In a letter to the Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Vyalar Ravi, the CITU Vice-President, Mr M. K. Pandhe, said the “avoidable strike” by AI pilots had been causing extreme difficulties for passengers.

The letter said that the agitation was likely to bring down the market share of the airline that was already declining.

Fake pilots

He said the scam of issuing licence to fake pilots by the Ministry had shocked the country. But, the Ministry had not taken any action or even ordered a high-level enquiry.

Mr Pandhe pointed out at reports suggesting that lucrative routes of AI as well as ground-handling jobs had been handed over to the private sector in a planned manner. The letter said that this move was causing severe loss of revenue to the public sector undertaking.

“No enquiry was conducted to fix responsibility for such a serious revenue loss which emboldened the AI management to openly favour the private sector and damaged the interest of the airline,” he said.

He also criticised the AI management for “utter disregard” of Parliamentary Standing Committees of Transport and Public Undertakings, whose recommendation had not yet been implemented.

“It is a matter worth referring to CBI for investigation how Indian Airlines and AI, which were working well have become sick after merger,” he added.

Follow us on Telegram, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Linkedin. You can also download our Android App or IOS App.

Published on April 30, 2011
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor