Air India pilots call off strike after 58 days
Agitating Air India pilots on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that they will call off their 58-day-long strike with immediate effect.
The strike caused lot of harassment to passengers who had booked on the airline and led yo loss of crores due to missed and curtailed flights.
The pilots told Justice Reva Khetrapal through their counsel Geeta Luthra that they will join duty in 48 hours by giving joining reports, whereas those pilots whose services were terminated during the strike would submit reports expressing their willingness to join duty.
The pilots decided to call off their strike after the Air India management assured the court that it would consider the grievances of the pilots “sympathetically”. “Serious efforts have been made to settle dispute and the counsel for the parties have assured the court that their respective clients will be extending full cooperation in this regard.
“The senior counsel (Ms. Luthra) appearing for the pilots has said that her clients will immediately call off the strike and join their duties in 48 hours, by giving joining reports or the report expressing their willingness to join the duty.
“The AI management shall sympathetically consider the grievances of the pilots including the aspect of reinstatement of those pilots who were terminated as a consequence to their strike,” Justice Khetrapal said while disposing of the pilots’ plea for a direction to the management to take back 101 sacked pilots, including 10 office bearers of the Indian Pilots Guild.
The court in its order directed the pilots as well as the management to appear before the conciliator, Chief Labour Commissioner N.K. Prasad, on July 5 . The pilots had on Monday moved the court saying they were ready to end their strike if their sacked colleagues are taken back and their union gets back the recognition.
The government and the Civil Aviation Ministry had adopted a tough stand earlier and resorted to dismissing striking pilots.
- Asian Tribune -