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37 flights delayed as AI ground handling staff go on strike at Mumbai airport

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

As many as 37 Air India flights, including some international ones, were affected Thursday after a section of employees of the national carrier's ground handling subsidiary, AIATSL, went on a strike against non-payment of bonus and other issues, an said.

The employees of the Ltd (AIATSL) struck work at the from the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, demanding payment of bonus and reinstatement of three of their colleagues whose contracts were not renewed by the company, he said.

AIATSL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the national carrier, provides to Air India across airports in the country. It has about 5,000 employees, including those on contract.

"Some employees at the are on strike since Wednesday-Thursday (intervening) night over non-payment of Bonus and reinstatement of the services of some of their former colleagues. This stand-off has resulted in flight operations getting hampered," the said.

He said around 37 flights, including international ones, were delayed by 2.5 hours-3 hours till 1500 hours Thursday.

However, no flight has been cancelled so far, he added.

Air India has pressed into service its permanent employees to handle the ground handling operations at the Mumbai airport, the said.

"The company has already paid the bonus after negotiations but the employees are now insisting that the services of three of their colleagues, whose contracts were not renewed last month, be restored," he said.

"Negotiations are going on between the striking employees and the management to resolve the issue," the official added.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 18:05 IST