Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Suicide highlights workers' pay woes
Thousands of airline staff unpaid since MarchKingfisher employees march in wage protest
- Swati Deb, New Delhi
- October 9, 2012
Around 4,000 workers at the airline have not received salaries since March.
The National Human Rights Commission, a federal body, has filed a plea to initiate a case against the airline owner and liquor baron Vijaya Mallaya for allegedly abetting Sushmita Chakravartyâ€™s suicide.
One of the marchers in New Delhi said no one wanted to be named in the media for fear of retribution. â€śWe have suffered enough but still have hopes that things can improve,â€ť he said.
The airline has been reporting losses since it began operations in 2005 and recentlyÂ admitted that its bankÂ accounts have been frozen due to non-clearance of tax dues.
TheÂ airline began suspending operations on October 1. It is now in talksÂ with bankers to finalize new funding.
Meanwhile, the government has served an ultimatum to the airline to sort out all its salary-related issues or face a prolonged shutdown.
â€śKingfisher will have to obtain clearance from the government regulator Directorate-General of Civil Aviation before resuming operations," federal Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said.
Sharad Yadav, leader of one of the opposition parties, wants Mallaya to face trial for violating his workersâ€™ rights. â€śPut him behind bars and see how he starts understanding the misery of his employees,â€ť he said.
Kingfisher has debts of US$1.4 billion, owed chiefly to the State Bank of India.Â Until recently, it led the private sector in Indiaâ€™s fast-growing aviation industry.