Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has written an open letter to the employees of the Airline who were concerned about the privatisation of the Airline. The CMD has written an open letter which says that due to the tough financial constraints that Air India faces, there is no other option for the survival of the Air Line.
The letter says the airline is compounded due to legacy issues and there is no other option for the Airline's survival. "It is but natural that many of you would be concerned about the future in light of the disinvestment scenario as any change in ownership brings about changes in the work culture and environment. Kindly rest assured that the management fully shares your concerns and is taking necessary steps to protect the genuine interests of all Air Indians." the letter says.
In his open letter, Lohani also says that another issue is that the Airline is the rules and regulations it is bound to being a PSU company.
"Being an airline we function in a competitive environment in which our competitors are not constrained by procedures & restrictions that we face placing us at a handicap both financially as well as operationally." the letter says.
According to reports, the employees of Air India employees had raised objections to the disinvestment. The Pilot's Union threatened to go on strike unless their long-pending demands related to salaries were addressed. "It has been unanimously decided to strongly oppose privatisation of the national carrier Air India by all means, including Industrial Action, if required," as per minutes of an emergency meeting of the IPCA held on November 1. The IPCA has decided to get work towards bringing all the unions at the airline under a common platform to oppose the privatization of the airline.
Confirming the Central Government's efforts towards privatizing Air India, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told that a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was successful and a second meeting will be held soon.
“Process of divestment of Air India is truly underway. The second meeting of the group of ministers soon,” the Aviation Minister said.