Special Correspondent

“They cannot do that when the conciliatory talks are on”

NEW DELHI:As the Air India management continued its tough measures against the employees for their flash strike by dismissing 58 of them and suspending 24, Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC) S.K. Mukhopadhyay wondered how the national carrier could “victimise” employees.

“They cannot do that,” he told The Hinduon Friday adding that the conciliatory talks were continuing at the Regional Labour Commissioner (RLC) level (in Delhi and Mumbai).

The RLC would send report to the Labour Ministry, he added.

Mr. Mukhopadhyay replied in the negative when asked whether he received any complaint from theemployees' union on victimisation.

“I will look into it as and when it comes,” he added.

Meanwhile, Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, talking to The Hindufrom Gulbarga, agreed that any sort of drastic action against the employees when the conciliatory proceedings were on would have negative effect and said he would look into the issue of “victimisation.”

The CLC was looking into the issue, he said.