Air India, which is owned by the Tata Group, is now experiencing its first labour unrest.
On Tuesday, over 1,700 aeroplane maintenance workers who work for a government-owned engineering firm that handles the airline's maintenance and repair works embarked on an indefinite 'tools down agitation.'
Pay raises, employment contract renewal, and the addition of a dearness allowance are among their requests.
According to a Times of India report, the movement began at 9 a.m., and by the evening, a handful AI flights from Delhi, including those to Mumbai, Surat, and Pune, had been delayed due to the agitation.
AIESL replied in the evening by mailing termination notifications to a few strike-breaking technicians. The letter stated, "Your services are no longer required by the firm, and your employment contract is terminated with immediate effect from March 15, 2022."
AIESL was not included in the Centre's disinvestment arrangement with Air India last year.