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Air India: Puri to meet trade unions amid sale process

By IndianMandarins- 20 Jan 2020


New Delhi: Amid government’s attempt to sell stake in Air India, trade unions of the aviation company are likely to demand a VRS package at their second meeting with Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri. He is likely to meet over a dozen Air India unions including unrecognised ones.

This is for the second time in a month over airline's privatisation plans. The government is planning to float Expression of Interest (EoI) for selling its entire 100 per cent stake in the loss-making flag carrier some time next week.

The minister had made it clear that privatisation was the only option before the government at the first meeting on January 2, 2020 to keep the airline afloat and sought employees cooperation in carrying out the disinvestment process.

Puri had also told unions that he would call them again after the meeting of the ministerial panel on Air India disinvestment. The GoM led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 7 approved the plan to invite EoI and the sale-purchase agreement for the disinvestment of the state-run carrier.

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