According to The Economic Times reports, Govt asks the TATA group-owned, Air India to deduct employees’ salaries for overstaying in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar colony.
The airline staffer residing in Vasant Vihar said they would amount to around Rs 95,000 per month. The Airline management has been instructed to deduct the amount, starting from October, from their salaries. Some of the employees would not even get a salary after this.
The residential colonies of Air India were not part of the divestment and were moved under Air India Asset Holdings Limited, along with other real estate properties. The colonies will be sold in order to pay for the remaining Rs 60,000 crore that the government absorbed.
Meanwhile, around 58 employees of AI Engineering Service Limited approached the Delhi High Court, challenging the vacating notices.
Earlier, the Air India pilots’ union alleged that working conditions are hostile at the airline and sought Tata group Chairman N Chandrasekaran’s intervention to resolve the issues.
The pilots have raised various concerns including unethical treatment, hostile working conditions, pay cuts, and many others. A letter addressing the same has been written to the Chairman.
The two pilot unions IPG and ICPA have claimed that despite its unflinching support extended to Air India in its growth and expansion plan, the management has not reciprocated in the same manner.
Earlier, The three petitions by three employee unions — Aviation Industry Employees Guild, Air Corporation Employees Union, and All India Service Engineers Association — challenged the eviction notices that were initially issued to some 800 employees to vacate the staff quarters by July 26.
Failure to vacate would result in penal including recovery of Rs 15 lakh each from employees who have not vacated, double market rent, withholding of retiral dues, and disciplinary action.
Air India has been ordered by the Bombay HC to wait till October 28 before initiating action against employees who refuse to vacate their staff quarters.
The employee has also said the airline took steps to disrupt the water supply provided to its staff colonies in Mumbai and Delhi and began forcible eviction.
The letter sent by Air India Colony Bachav Samiti to the top management of four companies, including private carrier Air India and Air India Asset Holding Ltd (AIAHL) said, “It is clear that you are using the strong-arm tactic to evict the colony residents without following the due process of law.”
The employees residing in the airline’s four staff quarters in Kalina colony threatened to file a police complaint in the next 24 hours if the water supply disruption continues in accordance with the letter sent to the airline management.