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Updated: May 26, 2010 12:04 IST

AI management, striking employees to hold talks

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Anxious passengers crowd an Air India counter at the IGI airport in New Delhi on Wednesday, as the airline cancelled more than 70 flights due to the strike by its ground staff. Photo: V.V. Krishnan
Anxious passengers crowd an Air India counter at the IGI airport in New Delhi on Wednesday, as the airline cancelled more than 70 flights due to the strike by its ground staff. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Striking a conciliatory tone, agitating Air India unions on Wednesday decided to hold talks with the management over the gag order issue.

“We have been invited by the management for talks and we are going to attend it. We will also meet the Chief Labour Commissioner and place our demands,” Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU) General Secretary J.B. Kadian told PTI here.

Over 20,000 employees, including engineers, went on a nationwide flash strike on Tuesday to protest Air India’s gag order — a circular prohibiting union leaders from going public with their demands.

With the striking employees unrelenting on their demand for withdrawal of the gag order and the show cause notices to union leaders, the AI management toughened its stand late Tuesday threatening to even terminate service of the employees if they did not call off the stir.

Passengers faced a harrowing time on Wednesday as the airline cancelled 76 domestic and international flights across the nation.

On Wednesday, over 50 domestic and international flights were cancelled while several others were delayed by over two hours.

Air India has announced full refund to those whose flights were cancelled and made arrangements for hotel accommodation and local transport to those in transit.

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