ITF expresses solidarity with Air India unions protesting divestment (

May 14, 2018

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has expressed its solidarity with Air India unions opposing disinvestment of the airline, saying any change in the status of the state-run carrier should be negotiated with the workers and the unions.

The federation, representing 740,000 aviation workers across the globe and 19 million members in transport sector, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested him to ask the Civil Aviation Ministry to start the process of “sincere dialogue and engagement” with the joint forum of Air India unions and the association representing Air India workers.

“It is crucial that the government and investors recognise that the core assets of an airline is the skills, expertise and the goodwill of the employees. They are not assets to be traded like commodities and nor should their security and working conditions be undermined,” the ITF said.

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