A workers’ union at Indian, the state-owned domestic airline, has opposed a merger with Air India over labour concerns such as seniority of employees, wages, promotions and transfers.
Its decision came after meeting the senior ministry of civil aviation officials. Opposition from the Air Corporations Employee Union, which represents over three-fourths of Indian’s 18,000 workers, arises from its unhappiness in not being consulted by Accenture, the consultants to the merger.
The workers are wary of retrenchment after the merger of the two airlines, despite assurances by civil aviation minister Praful Patel that there will be no loss of jobs, theunion’s general secretary J.K. Badola said.
A group of ministers tasked to study the merger is to meet on Wednesday.Badola said he had written to Patel and the minister of external affairs, Pranab Mukherjee, who is heading the ministerial group, on worker concerns.
Badola has demanded that a joint committee of the airline management, ministry and the union be set up to “study the need and necessity, if at all, to merge the two airlines”.