With aviation minister Ajit Singh terming the strike of erstwhile AI pilots ‘illegal’ and saying appropriate action would be taken, the management on Tuesday sacked 10 agitating pilots and derecognized Nationalist Congress Party-backed union, Indian Pilots Guild (IPG).
The airline has asked the agitating pilots to report to work by Tuesday evening. It also started sending doctors to the homes of some of the 160 pilots who have reported sick and are abstaining from flying since Monday night. Sources say that the number of layoffs could rise as the government is in no mood to buckle under IPG’s pressure.
ut the IPG, which is led by Maharashtra NCP MLA Jitendra Ahwad, is unrelenting. “The derecognition of IPG is undemocratic and just shows that the management is biased against erstwhile AI. Pilots of erstwhile Indian Airlines have gone on several strikes in the recent past but was their union, Indian Commercial Pilots Association, ever derecognized?” Ahwad, who holds a commercial pilots’ licence but is not a……
Saurabh Sinha, TNN
May 8, 2012
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