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Air India crisis mounts as ground staff plans to join pilots' strike

india Updated: Sep 29, 2009 18:37 IST

Air India appears heading for more trouble with its ground staff also planning to go on strike.

"The management seems to be worsening the situation," said JB Kadian, general secretary of Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU), which has over 20,000 ground staff in its fold.

"They (the management) have already threatened to declare a lockout. Even though they have denied this, such a thing was never heard of earlier," Kadian told IANS on Tuesday, adding that ACEU too was now planning to join the pilot's agitation.

"We are organising our members and apprising them about the situation. The CMD, (chairman and managing director Arvind Jadhav) is only worsening the situation," he said.

A section of Air India pilots went on strike on Saturday in protest against cut in their productivity linked incentives (PLI).

The strike forced the carrier to cancel 50 flights on Tuesday, including nine international flights.

However, Jadhav had told reporters on Tuesday that the cash-strapped national carrier had lost over Rs 84 crore in the first three days of the strike. However, in a statement Monday night, he denied any possibility of a lockout in Air India.