Air India’s sacked employees are yet to get any relief and the four independent directors could now decide their fate.
Fifty eight employees of Air India were sacked last week by the airline’s management for leading a two days strike.
The independent directors including Anand Mahindra, Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Fali H. Major, Dr Amit Mitra and Harsh Vardhan Neotia would also take a decision on whether to revoke the suspension of 24 employees and de-recognition of two trade unions — Air Corporation Employees Union and All-India Aircraft Engineers Association.
The Air India management, headed by CMD Arvind Jadhav, met representatives of trade unions and briefed them on the circumstances that forced them to take such a decision. The representatives of two de-recognised unions were not invited.
“The management explained every thing to us starting from the air crash at Mangalore and the subsequent relief work and strike. CMD said the independent directors would soon be meeting with us to take the matter forward,” said Rajiv Narula, general secretary of Air India Aircraft Engineers Association.
The meeting was held here at Air India headquarters where union representatives of erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines met the management.
“We urged the management to reconsider their decision and not have the attitude of confrontation,” said George Abraham, general secretary, Aviation Industry Employees’ Guild.
“The four directors brief the PM and they will take final call on the stand off between the unions and management,” said a union leader.
“The management should have called us for the meeting. They called unrecognised trade unions who represent small section of employees but not us who represent 12,000,” said Vivek Rao, regional secretary, Air Corporation Employees Union, which has been de-recognised.
Meanwhile, a section of Air India employees plan to go on strike from June 12.