STAFF STRIKE HITS AIR INDIA FLIGHTS
AS MANY as 37 Air India flights were delayed on Thursday after a section of employees of the national carrier's ground handling subsidiary went on a flash strike, demanding a Diwali bonus.
The employees of the Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL) struck work at the Mumbai airport on Wednesday and Thursday, demanding payment of Diwali bonus and reinstatement of three of their colleagues whose contracts were not renewed by the company, an official confirmed. AIATSL has about 5,000 employees, including those on contract.
Around 37 flights, including those to foreign destinations were delayed by 2.5 hours-3 hours on Thursday. However, no flight has been cancelled so far, an airline official said.
Air India has pressed into service its permanent employees to handle the ground handling operations at the Mumbai airport, the official said. The company has already paid the bonus after negotiations but the employees are now insisting that the services of three of their colleagues, whose contracts were not renewed last month, be restored, he said.