Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Deprecating Air India’s “unfair labour practice” of engaging unskilled workers through the employment exchange and then imposing an “artificial break” in their service every 90 days to avoid regularisation of services, the Madras High Court has directed the management to absorb the workers.

A Division Bench said: “This practice adopted by the management is highly condemnable and it unquestionably amounts to unfair labour practice.” The petitioners submitted that after their names were sponsored by the Kancheepuram district employment exchange, they were subjected to a rigorous selection process before being temporarily appointed for baggage and cargo handling.