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AI de-recognises 2 unions, sacks 41

By The Assam Tribune

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, May 27 � Air India de-recognised its two major trade unions, sealed their offices and sacked another 41 employees today in an unprecedented crackdown triggering a call by defiant union leaders for a fresh strike from June 12, reports PTI.

The unions and management appeared headed for fresh confrontation following strike call by the Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU) and All India Aircraft Engineers� Association (AIAEA) given just a day after the state-owned airline crushed the two-day old strike by a section of Air India employees.

Both ACEU and AIAEA have been derecognised. The striking employees had accounted for roughly 60 per cent of AI staff.

Clearing the backlog, the airline gradually restored normalcy by evening though 25 flights were cancelled for the day. International flights were normal, an official said.

Coming down heavily on union leaders and employees shortly after they withdrew the strike following a Delhi High Court order and some tough talk by the Government, the Management today terminated the services of 41 employees�some of them Union leaders�taking the total number to be sacked in two days to 58. Another 24 employees have been suspended after nine more faced this action today.

This is the first time that employees have been sacked by AI in large numbers.

ACEU and AIAEA have been de-recognised by the management of National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL) and their offices have also been sealed, NACIL sources said today. NACIL is the holding company of Air India.

�The de-recognition order came in last night and their offices have also been sealed,� the sources said.Courts have also been approached for caveats, an AI official said.

ACEU general secretary J B Kadiyan said another notice for strike from June 12 has been served by the union. AIAEA general secretary Y V Raju also said his union intends to go on strike from June 12 or thereafter and a strike notice is given.

�Air India�s CMD Arvind Jadhav is carrying out dictatorship. He is bent on destroying the airline. He is trying to instigate the workers to go for action and then declare a lockout on that pretext,� he said.

�This is a conspiracy,� Kadiyan told reporters in New Delhi, accusing Jadhav of following a �Hitlerian� approach.

ACEU and AIAEA had gone on a flash-strike on Tuesday to protest a �gag order� directing the office-bearers of NACIL trade union to refrain from making public statements and harming the image of the company.

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