About 100 Flights Were Cancelled Due To Labor Action
Workers represented by the Air Corporation Employees Union
(ACEU) are back on the job after 15 workers were fired and a Delhi
High Court ordered the strike be suspended.
Two of the 14 unions representing workers for the Air India
walked off the job Tuesday. The strike was at least in part due to
a "gag order" on the part of Air India preventing employees from
speaking to the media about the recent accident in Mangalore.
Workers also said the order precluded them from speaking to the
press about safety issues, or problems with suspended pay. The
airline is still reeling from thr accident in which 158 people were
killed. IBNLive.com reports that the Prime Ministers Office gave
Air India management a "clear mandate" to take what action was
necessary to get the situation under control, after which the
airline fired 15 employees.
While union representatives said they were suspending the strike
because "management had come to an understanding of our demands,"
IBN reports that the Delhi High Court ordered that the strike be
called off because the National Aviation Company of India LTD said
it was illegal, and was causing a great deal of inconvenience for
passengers. The Court ruled that workers had to return to their
jobs, and that they are barred from going on strike after May