The strike threat by a major chunk of Air India’s over 28,000 employees from Monday was called off on Friday with the ailing national carrier promising to clear all their salary and other dues by June.
“We received their (strike) notice today. We have given them a payment schedule under, which we will clear all the dues by June. The strike has been called off,” Air India CMD Rohit Nandan told reporters after a meeting with union representatives.
The notice for ‘no pay, no work’ agitation had been given by eight major unions of the airline, representing pilots, engineers and cabin crew among others, to protest the delay in payment of their salaries, productivity-linked incentive (PLI) and other allowances by over three months.
The union leaders and the management had held a marathon day-long meeting on Thursday, which had failed to yield any result. Both sides had decided to meet again on Friday.
The unions had earlier sought the Prime Minister’s intervention to resolve the crisis, failing which they had threatened to go on agitation from April 2.