After being disappointed in a meeting with the managers, Air India Engineering Service Limited technician‘s are planning a strike starting TODAY March 15!This strike can last for 5 to even 15 days!
Technicians from Delhi, Chennai, nagpur and other bases joined the Nationwide Strike
An indefinite ‘tools down agitation’ strike by about 1,700 aircraft maintenance technicians working for a company that handles maintenance and repair jobs for private carrier Air India began at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
So far, no Air India flights have been affected; however, engineers from the firm have intervened, according to reports.
However, if the strike continues for a long time, flights will be hampered, according to a source, who said that technicians employed by the government-owned Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) account for around 60% of the company’s personnel.
The ongoing ‘tools down agitation’ is Air India’s first brush with labour unrest since it was privatised.
In January and February, the technicians, who are on a fixed-term contract with AIESL, threatened a ‘tools down agitation’ across the country.
Both times, negotiations with management were taking place in the presence of a labour commissioner, and the agitation was put on hold.
Air India’s technicians are responsible for a variety of tasks, including aircraft fueling, departure preparation, marshalling, and maintenance.
Salary revisions, employment contract renewals, and the inclusion of dearness allowance are among their demands.
“We demand a salary based on the principle of ‘equal effort, equal compensation.”
” Because our work profile, qualifications, and other factors are similar, our compensation should be comparable to those of Air India service engineers,” said a technician who asked to remain anonymous.
However, our remuneration is Rs 25,000.
” However, we have been earning a salary of Rs 21,444 since January.
Medical facility deductions were made, as well as Rs 1100 that Air India has been deducting as part of economic measures since May 2020,” he added.
The technicians had written to the AIESL management in January with a list of demands, threatening to shut down the tools on January 17.
The agitation was postponed as conciliation talks between the technicians and the AIESL management began under the supervision of an assistant labour commissioner.
After they threatened to go on strike on February 7, a similar round of discussions took place, and the agitation was postponed.
They are executing the Strike peacefully considering all Covid-19 norms.
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