With debt-ridden national airline Air India recently implemented cost-cutting policies with flight attendants now forced to share hotel rooms, the cabin crew union has strongly opposed the move. this decision.
Officials from the Air India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) met with officials from the Air India Employees Union (AIEU) and the Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU) on Thursday to discuss the issue . An AICCA statement said the three unions were on the same wavelength when it comes to opposing the “draconian” movement, with each ready to take action to protect their rights.
“We have already addressed our objections in writing to management and have also met with our lawyers to assess our options, especially since the case is pending in the Apex Court,” the statement said. Air India recently issued an order for cabin crew recruited from 2017, specifying that airlines will provide 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation “where possible” with the additional condition that the booking be made on a double sharing basis.
Airlines have kept gender sensitivity in mind and female crew members will not have to share rooms with their male counterparts. AI has approximately 3,000 cabin crew members, of which 1,400 are permanent employees when the rest are under contract.