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Updated: May 10, 2012 13:20 IST

Ajit Singh hopes striking pilots would follow HC order

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Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh addresses a press conference in New Delhi. Holding that interest of the airline and passengers was of paramount interest, the Minister said, “They must make sure that Air India does not lose credibility.” File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
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Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh addresses a press conference in New Delhi. Holding that interest of the airline and passengers was of paramount interest, the Minister said, “They must make sure that Air India does not lose credibility.” File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

With the strike by protesting Air India pilots entering the third day, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Thursday reaffirmed government’s readiness to hold talks with the pilots and hoped that they would follow the High Court order declaring the stir illegal.

“High Court has given a very clear order. Let us hope that pilots follow the High Court judgement. Every thing is negotiable but they must reach out to us first,” Mr. Singh said.

Holding that interest of the airline and passengers was of paramount interest, the Minister said, “They must make sure that Air India does not lose credibility.”

The Delhi High Court had on Wednesday held the strike illegal and barred the pilots from any protest action.

Despite the Court order, the pilots remained defiant and said the agitation would continue till their demands were met.

Around 200 Air India pilots owing allegiance to Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) had reported sick on Tuesday resulting in cancellation pf six international flights on Wednesday and around 20 flights on Thursday.

The pilots have been protesting against rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training and matters relating to their career progression.

Mr. Singh said the Justice Dharmadhikari penal report, on integration of workforce of erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines including promotions, has already considered the issues raised by the agitating pilots.

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The national airline is facing the biggest financial crisis, and the pilots are taking the country and the passengers for a ride. Air India was a very popular airline at the global Level in the past and the employees arevresorting to illegal strikes during very difficult
times. The Air indias present position can be compared to the auto industry in USA. The three auto giants of USA faced the biggest financial crisis nearly four years back, and the Obama admn stepped in to help the industry and the employees. The powerful UAW union Cooperated with the management during the crisis period, and the three companies have now survived and are now increasing the production. The union has sgned settlements agreeing for reduced wages in the case of new recruits for industrial growth and job Creation. The unions will have to adopt a situational approach, and the present attitude of the pilots is self destructive to the nation and the employees.

from:  C.p.Chandra das
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 00:05 IST

Strike is illegal,AI is in crisis,passengers and reputation of airline should be of utmost importance,unreasonable demands like 1st class travel etc.should not be considered.No such pressure tactics by employees when the organization is already in trouble.They should all work towards the establishment of the credibility and services of AI.How can they ruin the services and organization which provides them their bread and butter(!). The tax payers money should be spent on these pilots appropriately.Also need to check with international standards and their economic measures and norms for the pilots.

from:  Chandralekha
Posted on: May 10, 2012 at 14:00 IST
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