Air India Employees Refuse To Vacate Homes; CEO Holds Meeting With Unions For ‘Eviction’
Meeting With Air India’s Union
Moreover, Mr Wilson is expected to meet representatives of Air India’s unions as they are planning to expedite the process of moving out of these housing estates, sources said.
One of the Air India officials said, “Despite Air India announcing reimbursement of expenses to employees to vacate the former colonies, employees are still not ready to move and the management wants to meet with them to come to a solution,”.
How Did This Happen?
It seems that Wilson is looking to work on the issue personally as he wants to resolve the situation as soon as possible instead of waiting for a court settlement.
Against this move, the Air Corporation Employees Union, Aviation Industry Employees Guild and All India Service Engineers Association had gone on strike during November last year.
Presently, the issue is up for the hearing before the Bombay High Court.
As per the schedule, the Bombay High Court is likely to hear the petition filed by the Air India employee’s union on August 10.
Although, no verdict has been announced by the High Court yet.
Prior to the completion of Air India’s privatization process, it had sought an undertaking from 1,600 employees residing in the quarters located in the Kalina area of Mumbai and Vasant Vihar area of Delhi in October 2021 where they agreed that they would vacate the premises within six months of Air India being privatized.
According to the sources, Air India is looking to improve its relationship with its employees as nearly 6,000 of Air India’s total 8,000 permanent employees are expected to retire in the next two years.
Further adding, “After around 4,500 employees opted in for retirement under the voluntary retirement scheme, the airline’s management is not looking to let go of any more employees,”.
It appears that Air India’s top management and the Tata Group are looking to hire new talent now.
However, they also do not want to create a bad reputation among its current employees.