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AI staff union threatens action if crew not reinstated

Row over last month's Cairo flight delay episode.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2010 01:10 PM IST

A section of Air India staff union has threatened "industrial action" if the management did not reinstate 23 cabin crew, who were derostered over the last month's Cairo flight delay episode.

The union is contemplating to launch a 'non-cooperation' drive from tomorrow to press its demands, a union leader said. "We have written a letter to the management, stating that the derostering of all 23 cabin-crew is illegal. We want an immediate reinstatement of the derostered crew, failing which we will resort to industrial action," All India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) General Secretary, Sanjay Lazar told PTI today.

The Air India Mumbai-Toronto flight was operated from Cairo on April 15 due to closure of European airspace due to volcanic ash. The flight was delayed by around 16 hours and it was reported that a section of the cabin crew had gone outfor sight-seeing in the Egyptian capital, causing the delay.

This charge, was however, refuted by the AICCA. The Association claims representation of around 3,000 cabin crew, including executive cadre in National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL).

NACIL is the holding company formed after the merger of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India. "We do not rule out the possibility of striking work as well if our demands are not met," he said.

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