Days after a two-day strike which led to the sacking of 58 employees and de-recognition of two major unions, Air India top brass on Tuesday met representatives of other unions and briefed them on the circumstances that forced them to take such stern action, airline sources said.
Air India officials also briefed the union leaders about the Mangalore air crash which claimed 158 lives and the steps taken thereafter, including mitigating the suffering of the next of kin of those who died, the sources said.
The management said it planned to come out with a turnaround within this month and would hold another round of meeting with the unions, which would also be attended by the newly appointed independent directors of the Board.
The airline has appointed four independent directors to its Board -- Ambuja Cement Chairman Harsh Neotia, FICCI Secretary General Amit Mitra, former chief of Air Staff Fali Homi Major and Mahindra Group Vice Chairman Anand Mahindra.
While the management was represented at today's meeting by CMD Arvind Jadhav and all the functional directors, union leaders representing officers, pilots, cabin crew and engineers of the erstwhile Air India, attended the meeting.
Talks with the unions of the former Indian Airlines would be held later in the day.