‘Indian’ strike called off

‘Indian’ strike called off
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First Published: Thu, Jun 14 2007. 03 44 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 14 2007. 03 44 PM IST
New Delhi: The employees of the state-owned carrier Indian called off their strike on 14 June after talks with the airline management and the Civil Aviation Ministry.
After a three-hour meeting with the agitating employees, Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Chawla said the strike has been called off and the issues are being amicably settled.
Around 13,000 employees of the airline had gone on a flash strike on Tuesday night demanding parity in promotions with Air India and wage arrears.
The strike caused chaos at all major airports across the country as a large number of flights were cancelled or delayed for the past two days.
“The flight operations will come to normal within a few hours,” Chawla said
Earlier, despite rulings from the Delhi High Court and Chief Labour Commissioner, the employees of the state-owned carrier had been hellbent on continueing their strike, demanding promotional parity with Air India post-merger, disrupting air traffic across the country.
A number of ‘Indian’ flights were cancelled, leaving many people stranded in airports across the country, even as the government declared the stir illegal and warned of a lock-out.
Flight operations of the domestic carrier were disrupted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati and many other towns, sources said.
The Delhi High Court had last night held the strike by Indian employees as “prime facie illegal” and asked them to resume duty at the earliest in the interest of air travellers.
An estimated 12,000 ground staff, who were joined by cabin crew later, of Indian went on a nation-wide strike on 12 June night accusing the management of going back on its assurances to them on their demands for wage arrears and better promotional prospects.
Acting tough, the government yesterday suspended 27 striking employees.
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First Published: Thu, Jun 14 2007. 03 44 PM IST