Air India Employees Go on Three-day Hunger Strike

Over 20, 000 members of Air India employees’ unions, angered by the delay in payment of their salaries, have decided to go on a three-day hunger strike from Tuesday.

“Over 20,000 members of Aviation Industry Employees Guild (AIEG) and Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU) and some other unions from across the nation have decided to go on hunger strike from today (Tuesday), as the management is rigid over payment of our salaries,” ACEU General Secretary JB Kadian said.

They have threatened that if their negotiation with the management does not produce results, they would again go on a strike from August 31.

“For the past two months, we have been working for the betterment of the airlines, but the management is adamant on the 50 per cent cut in our salaries. It is not acceptable to us,” Kadian said.

“Salary is our right and it is Government’s duty to pay us and no minister can unilaterally decide on a cut,” he added.

It may be mentioned that the employees had gone on a strike for two hours and staged demonstrations over the issue earlier in July.

The meeting of the unions with the Air India CMD last Friday at the Air India headquarters in Mumbai failed.

The next round of meeting is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in the Capital.

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