Air India Chief Warns Employees: Be Ready For Complete Change In Work Culture

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| July 19 , 2017 , 19:04 IST

As the national carrier Air India prepares for privatisation, AI chairman Ashwani Lohani has told employees to be ready for a 'complete change in work culture' and that those displaying merit will get a 'better deal'.  

Lohani also told the employees that the reason behind the government's decision to privatise Air India was the carrier's inability to service the accumulated burden of debt ranging in the amount of Rs 50,000 crore.

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"This huge debt has accumulated due to continuous losses over the years. You would, however, appreciate that unless a solution is found to this huge debt, survival, in the long run, is almost impossible and the proposal to consider disinvestment is a step in this direction. It is the firm conviction of the government that the process of disinvestment is only meant to make Air India a much stronger world class airline... This would indeed be a win-win solution for employees," Lohani said in a letter to employees.

Asking the employees to be ready for the new work culture in a private set up, Lohani said "These are changing times and any change, despite being inevitable, is always hard to accept. Ownership changes that we expect at Air India would also lead to a change in the working environment and the work culture. The complexities of working in a PSU environment would get replaced by a corporate culture, a culture in which merit would get a better deal."

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"This should enable a full realization of the inherent potential of your airline besides creating an environment that would indeed be conducive for all of us who are used to working hard with commitment and integrity. The wonderful team of Air Indians, especially the licensed personnel (which include pilots, aircraft engineers, and cabin crew) should, therefore, have nothing to be skeptical about," Lohani added.

The chairman reassured the employees that their 'genuine and valid' interests would be safeguarded.

"While it is true that the merger has led to operational difficulties, yet we remain confident of solving the genuine grievances of the employees, an effort that has met with success though on a limited scale," he said, encouraging the staff to continue working hard to increase AI's market share.