24 January, 2021

More Turbulence

An AIAEA agitation threatens to paralyse operations worldwide

More Turbulence

AIR India, the country's premier international carrier, seems to be headed for another troubled year. A prolonged agitation by its 500-strong All India Aircraft Engineers' Association (AIAEA) is threatening to paralyse AI operations worldwide. The reason: a significant section of the airlines' employees is demanding incredible wage hikes—at the cost of the exchequer.

Aviation analysts say this trend is likely to plague domestic aviation in the months to come. The latest fracas in Air India is symptomatic of this malaise. Negotiations between the engineers and the AI management to increase salaries have been on since last year. Then, without any apparent provocation, on February 20, the engineers issued a directive 'advising' members not to undertake routine jobs on some pretext or the other. According to AI estimates, on that day itself, more than 50 flights were disrupted the world over with passengers stranded at various airports.

Just what are the engineers demanding? As part of the talks being held, the AI management had offered a...



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