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Indian airline staff call off strike

The end of the two-day long strike paves the way for the resumption of normal services shortly.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2007 00:28 IST
Hindustan Times

Employees of state-owned air carrier Indian have called off the strike paving the way for resumption of normal services shortly.

Air Corporation Employees' Union (ACEU) General Secretary J K Badola told Hindustan Times that all the demands of the union have been met. The union was demanding higher arrears and career progression on par with employees of country’s flag carrier Air India.

About 12,000 employees of ACEU went on flash strike since midnight on Tuesday demanding higher wages. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday had called the strike as illegal.

Indian management had suspended 27 employees as flight services were severely disrupted across all airports in the country.

The strike was called off on Thursday afternoon following discussions between the management, employees’ union representatives and Central Labour Commissioner in the capital. ACEU leaders said the talks were fruitful and all their demands were met.

The details of the settlement were not immediately known.

The management had earlier agreed to pay a package of Rs 267 crore as wage arrears since 2000. The union has demanded wage revision since 1997 and promotional benefits.

First Published: Jun 14, 2007 15:28 IST