Air India Staff Refuse To Vacate Flats; Union Threatens Strike Against This Move

Air India unions may go on a strike on November 2!
Air India unions may go on a strike on November 2!

Air India unions may go on a strike as the company has asked them to vacate the company accommodation in Mumbai’s Kalina within six months of the divestment deal’s transaction closing date.

Air India Unions May Go On Strike

The Joint Action Committee of AI Unions sent a letter to Mumbai’s regional labour commissioner on Wednesday.

The letter intent was to threaten to embark on an indefinite strike on November 2 if the matter is not resolved.

As per the rules, a union must give two weeks’ notice before going on strike.

“It is learnt that the land on which the colonies are situated are leased in perpetuity by Airports Authority of India (AAI) to AI. AAI is the owner and Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) is only a tenant. There is no reason for AI to vacate the colonies in a tearing hurry and hand over the land to the Adani Group (which is now the promoter of MIAL).” The letter also pointed out that there are several slums on the airport land which have not been given any notice to vacate.

According to the report, the letter sent by the union states

Air India Gives A Letter To Its Employees

According to a report in the Times of India, Air India employees received a letter from the airline on October 5.

The letter said to sign a compliance letter by October 20 stating that they will depart their company-provided housing within six months after the airline’s privatisation.

GoM On AI divestment

So earlier there was a decision by the GoM on AI divestment, the decision was regarding the AI employees to stay in the company-provided residences after the divestment ‘for six months or until the property is monetised, whichever comes first,’ and that if they stayed longer than that, they would be fined Rs 10 lakh in Delhi and Rs 15 lakh in Mumbai.

For the duration of an unlawful extended stay, they would be charged double the market rent.

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