Air India employees union planning to meet ministers against privatization

Vastavam web:  Air India’s largest employees’ union will hold its general body meeting here this week to “organize its members for a movement” against the government’s decision to privatize the debt-ridden national carrier.The Air Corporations Employees’ Union (ACEU) is also planning to meet a group of ministers to be set up by the government to look into the disinvestment of its stake in the airline.”The meeting will be held to enlighten the rank and file about the privatization of Air India and how it will affect them. This will also be a forum to organize them as we plan a movement against the privatization of the national carrier,” said a member of the ACEU.

“The move is clearly aimed at benefiting private airlines. If the government is so concerned about the taxpayers’ money, then why does it not recover Rs 7.5 lakh crore borrowed by corporates from public sector banks?” the member asked.Their representatives met last month and wrote to Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapthi Raju, warning him of an “industrial unrest”.The letter was written jointly by the AI Air Corporate Employees Union, AI Employees Union, AI Aircraft Engineers’ Association, United Air India Officers’ Association, AI Engineer’s Association, AI Cabin Crew Association and AI Service Engineers’ Association.