Mumbai: The Civil Aviation Joint Action Forum (CAJAF) has deferred its proposed agitation over Air India forming a joint venture in ground-handling with SATS, following government inviting its leaders for negotiations on 20 March.
“We have postponed our proposed agitation from today as the government has called for talks. We will be meeting the Civil Aviation secretary, M Madhavan Nambiar, on 20 March and put across our view point,” Air Corporation Employees Union’s general secretary, Vivek Rao, told PTI here on Wednesday.
The venue for the meeting has, however, not been decided as yet, Rao said, adding that, this is for the first time the government has agreed to solicit views from the unions on this critical issue.
ACEU, which is the union of erstwhile Indian Airlines employees, has formed a common front with Aviation Industry Employees Guild (AIEG), the Air India employees union, to take up the cause of over 10,000 employees involved in ground-handling operations at airports across the country.
The government on 23 February had approved the Civil Aviation Ministry proposal to allow Nacil, the holding company of Air India and erstwhile Indian to form JVs with Singapore Air Terminal Services (SATS) to provide ground-handling facilities at all major airports across the country.