Santanu Choudhury, Bloomberg
New Delhi: More than 12,000 employees of Indian Airlines Ltd, the nation’s third-biggest domestic carrier, walked off their jobs for a few hours today to protest against non-payment of decade-old arrears.
Workers from Indian Airlines offices across India went on strike starting 9 am and returned at 11.30 am, said J. K. Badola, general secretary of the Air Corporation Employees Union, the biggest of the airline’s seven unions. The workers and the management will meet the central labor commissioner later today to resolve the issue, he said.
“This was only a token protest,” Badola said in a telephone interview in New Delhi today. “We’ve asked all our members to take mass leave tomorrow if there’s no resolution.”
Pilots and engineers of Indian Airlines, which the federal government proposes to merge with the country’s biggest overseas carrier Air India Ltd, didn’t participate in the strike, Indian Airlines spokesman Ashok Sharma said, without mentioning if any flights were disrupted due to the protest.
The payment of 10 years of wage arrears totals about Rs4 billion ($98 million) for Indian Airlines, Badola said yesterday.