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Air India employees refuse to vacate flats; threatens strike

Air India unions have sent a strike notice to Mumbai’s regional labour commissioner after Air India staffers were asked to vacate their company-provided accommodations in Kalina, Mumbai. They have been asked to vacate their apartments within six months of the divestment deal’s transaction closing date according to a report published in Times Of India.

According to standard procedure, any union has to give two weeks’ notice before going on a strike. Therefore, the Joint Action Committee has served the strike notice claiming to go on an indefinite strike, starting from November 2.

Air India staffers received a letter from the airline on October 5, asking them to give a signed compliance letter by October 20 which states that they would vacate their company-provided homes within six months of the privatization of the airline.

According to the report, the letter sent by the union states, “It is learnt that the land on which the colonies are situated are leased in perpetuity by Airports Authority of India (AAI) to AI. AAI is the owner and Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) is only a tenant. There is no reason for AI to vacate the colonies in a tearing hurry and hand over the land to the Adani Group (which is now the promoter of MIAL)." The letter also pointed out that there are several slums on the airport land which have not been given any notice to vacate.