27-May-2010 8:19 AM

Delhi High Court restrains Air India unions from continuing strike

Air India's parent, National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL) filed (26-May-2010) a suit for injunction against the Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU) and the All India Aircraft Engineers Association (AIAEA) seeking to restrain members from continuing with strike action, which commenced on 25-May-2010. It was submitted by the Counsel before the Delhi High Court that the strike was illegal, unjustified and would cause enormous damage to the airline both in terms of loss of revenue and reputation besides causing serious inconvenience to the travelling public. The High Court directed the Defendant unions not to continue with the strike and also not to hold a strike on 31-May-2010, as threatened. [more]

Air India employees called off their strike soon following the Court order (Press Trust of India, 26-May-2010). Delhi High Court posted the Air India case for further hearing on 13-Jul-2010. Air India denied (26-May-2010) media reports that the carrier had issued a “gag order” which restrains employees from airing their views to the media. [more]

Air Corporation Employees Union:Following the intervention of Chief Labour Commissioner and in the interest of travelling public, the ACEU is calling off the agitation. Our rank and file has been asked to restore normalcy as soon as possible. The AIAEA is also calling off the stir,” JB Kadian, General Secretary. Source: Press Trust of India, 26-May-2010.

Air Corporation Employees Union:We have come to some understanding with the management and in view of that we are withdrawing the strike. It is not that our back is broken but we have given an assurance to the Chief Labour Commissioner that we will go back to work,” Vivek Rao, Regional Secretary. Source: AFP, 26-May-2010.

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