Dispute between PIA, labour union delays flight at Karachi airport

PIA spokesperson said negotiations had been completed successfully, but did not share details.

Saad Hasan June 19, 2013
At least four flights, including one international flight experienced delays. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: Hundreds of passengers were stranded for at least four hours as a dispute between the labour union of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and senior management saw some operations halted on Wednesday.

The union stopped operations on at least four flights on Wednesday evening to protest against their management's decision to remove Lahore's ticket office manager Rauf Ahmed.

A PIA spokesperson told the Express Tribune that the four hour long negotiations had concluded successfully, but did not provide any details. "It was departmental matter and I can't tell you more right now."

The information secretary of collective bargaining agent (CBA), the labour union, Faisal Kayani had previously vowed that they will not relent. "Government can use all its political influence but we won't back off."

"We told the management that it cannot let the politicians interfere in PIA affairs. The manager was suspended without any worthy reason."

The CBA is currently controlled by the Peoples Unity labour group.

The union had stopped pilots and cabin crew from operating on four flights including PK-731 from Karachi to Jeddah, PK-350 from Karachi to Peshawar, PK-306 from Karachi to Lahore and PK-540 from Karachi to Sukkur.


Jon | 9 years ago | Reply

A good place to check for airport delays is myAirportStatus

jahangir khan | 9 years ago | Reply

@Muslim Leaguer: Why all the time muslim leaguers emphasise the retrenchment of employees,though every body knows that poor employees have nothing to do with ills of pia these all are political leaders who played havoc with this organisation.Please dont advice such things to Mian Sahib,PIA staff is most capable staff of the world at cheapest salaries, these employees can get best jobs anywhere in the world but PIA will never get such employees at such a cheap salaries.

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