Air India unions launch a joint campaign against privatisation

May 3, 2018

Air India employees and their unions (comprising 10 Air India unions) recently launched a joint campaign against the proposed privatisation of the national carrier.

As part of their joint campaign union activists have taken the following actions so far:

  • Gate meetings and sectional meetings by joint forum 15 March to 15 April 2018.
  • Representation and meetings with Parliamentary Committee on Civil Aviation.
  • “Save Air India” Black badges worn by all Air India employees met with all opposition parties to seek support.
  • Meeting with CMD of Air India with leaders of Joint Forum.
  • A door to door campaign in Air India Colonies to mobilise participation in Protest March on 1 May 2018.

On May Day thousands of Air India workers, as well as their family members and supporters, took to the streets with a march from Flora Fountain to Azad Maidan.

The joint forum announced that an alternative plan to run the airline is in the making, and the same would be presented to the government. The forum includes,

  • Aviation Industry Employees Guild,
  • Air Corporation Employees Union,
  • Air India Employees Union,
  • Indian Aircraft Technicians Association,
  • All India Service Engineers Association,
  • All India Cabin Crew Association,
  • All India Aircraft Engineers Association,
  • Air India Aircraft Engineers Association,
  • Air India Engineers Association,
  • Air India United Officers Association,
  • Indian Airlines Retired Employees Association,
  • Air India Retired Employees Trust.

The joint forum will hold a convention in Chennai soon, and a massive rally is being planned in Delhi.

A group of Air India employees holding a meeting to protest against the sale of the carrier.

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3 Responses to “Air India unions launch a joint campaign against privatisation”

  1. Vipin Sharma says:

    Air India finds itself into a catch 22 situation yet again, the mounting losses have forced the Government of India to offer Air India on a platter to the highest bidders and at the same time the real cause for the ills of Air India that of massive political bungling has not been addressed. One should read the treatise on fall of Air India written by an Air India stalwart Mr.Jitendra Bhargava in his book Descent of Air India that pin pointed the real reasons behind the decay of the Airline that was mainly corruption and political control of the Airline rather than any other, the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who were responsible for the demise of one of the top most Airline of the world today are behaving innocent and putting the blame on the employees of Air India who had no role in policy and decision making.

  2. Vipin Sharma says:, thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

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