Delhi: Taking a tough stand against the flash strike
called by the Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU),
the central government has directed the strikers to
call off the strike by evening or face drastic action.
strike called by Indian employees on the wage hike issue
led to 62 (over 32 per cent) of Indian Airlines''s 192
flights being cancelled and many others being delayed,
leaving 6,000-8,000 passengers in the lurch,
issue includes withdrawing arrears of Rs267 crore that
the management had agreed to pay the staff and possibly
declaring a lock-out.
civil aviation minister Praful Patel condemned the strike
as "unwarranted and illegal", at a press conference
and said that the management would wait till evening
for the union to call off the strike. The management
has already suspended 27 employee members of the union.
Indian Airlines''s competitors, the strike has come as
a bonanza. Both Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines
have seen their passenger load factor (PLF) go up by
over 5 per cent.