India's national carrier Air India cancels 76 flights due to strike

13:26, May 26, 2010      

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India's national carrier Air India Wednesday canceled as many as 76 flights as a flash strike by its employees entered its second day, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at airports across the country, a senior official said.

The Air India employees are protesting management's order not to talk to the media following the tragic plane crash in Mangalore on Saturday.

"Some 76 flights have been canceled in domestic as well as international sectors, following the second day of strike by nearly 20,000 employees over a gag order issued by the management. We are mulling tough action against striking employees," the official said.

Meanwhile, as meeting between the management and employees' union Tuesday failed to evolve a solution, the Air India chief is said to be mulling tough action, including sacking striking employees.

"We may terminate staff who started the strike," Air India chief Arvind Jadhav told local media.

Meanwhile, thousands of passengers are stranded and Air India has made arrangements with private airlines like Jet Airways and Kingfisher to carry passengers while the strike continues.

The employees went on a strike following an order by the management, asking them not to talk to the media following the Air India crash Saturday in southern India, in which 158 people were killed.

Source: Xinhua


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