Air India Express Crew to Go on Indefinite Strike
The announcement of the strike is against an issue about contract issuance and comes when Air India nears completion of its acquisition by the Tata Sons.
- Employees of Air India Express have been protesting for some time.
- The protest occurs when the airline is about to change ownership.
- The handover of the carrier to the Tatas Sons’ Talace has been somewhat delayed due to regulatory permissions, but it is still on track.
Hundreds of Air India Express employees could go on strike as early as January 15, 2022, due to issues about contract issuance. The low-cost subsidiary of soon-to-be-privatised Air India operates to several important Middle Eastern destinations, and a strike may significantly impact flight operations. The announcement comes as the carrier nears completion of its acquisition by the Tatas and a prospective merger with AirAsia India. The cabin crew of Air India Express has threatened to go on an indefinite strike on January 15 unless the management responds to their demands satisfactorily. Employees believe that the existing process of providing contracts to separate groups of employees is unjust and that it puts certain cabin staff members out of work. Cabin crew contracts have been shortened from five years to one year. Other employees and fresh recruits, on the other hand, have five-year contracts. To fix the matter, Air India Express Employees Union (AIXEU) is said to have met with management more than nine times in the presence of the central labour commissioner, but we received no favourable response. The AIXEU represents about 500 cabin crew personnel, and any strike would significantly impact aircraft operations.
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