Take 'strong' action against striking employees: Patel to Air India

Take 'strong' action against striking employees: Patel to Air India

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who apprised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the situation and later briefed the Union Cabinet, said the government had given a free hand to the management to take action against the striking employees.

"Irresponsible behaviour like this needs strong action...Appropriate action will be taken," he told reporters here while replying to questions on the strike.

"The (AI) management should take strong action. It must respond adequately and as firm as it can," the minister said, adding the government would not like to interfere into the issue as also the way forward for Air India.

Coming down heavily on the striking employees, he said they had caused inconvenience to thousands of travellers across the country besides hurting the image and finances of the national carrier.

He took specific exception to the timing of the strike, noting that it happened when the AI was faced with the situation arising out of Saturday's plane crash in Mangalore.

The minister said some people cannot take the entire law and management into their hands.

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