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Help Air India strike: 20 flights cancelled, AI derecognises pilot's union
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About 800 pilots belonging to the erstwhile Indian Airlines went on a strike early today demanding pay parity with Air India pilots and better working conditions, leading to cancellation of over 20 flights and disruption of many others by several hours.

In a swift and tough response, the Air India management declared the strike illegal, derecognised the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) and sealed its offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

To tide over the crisis, AI has decided to rope in 150 management pilots -- executive pilots -- to operate the flights, an airline official said.

The ICPA gave the letter intimating about the strike to AI last night after conciliation talks with the management before the Chief Labour Commissioner failed.

The 800-odd striking pilots belong to the erstwhile Indian Airlines and owe allegiance to the ICPA. The merged entity--Indian Airlines and Air India--has about 1,200 pilots.

The remaining 400 pilots who mostly operate international flights belong to the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG).

Passengers had a torrid time with flight schedules going haywire and getting little information about when they can take off.

At least 20 AI flights were cancelled since midnight. These included AI 469 Del-Raipur via Nagpur, AI 214 Del- Kathmandu, AI 216 Kathmandu-Del, Del-Bangkok, Del-Srinagar and Del-Leh. Passengers of two flights to Mumbai were accomodated in one flight.

Eight flights from Delhi and 11 from Mumbai were cancelled this morning while several others were delayed by more than three hours.

"We have derecognised the ICPA, the strike is illegal and they have committed contempt of court. We are likely to move the court soon," AI spokesperson said.

The ICPA offices in Delhi and Mumbai have been sealed early this morning.

The ICPA claims that while the Air India pilots enjoy a big fixed salary component, the same is almost minuscule for the former IA pilots.

The Association claims that while their entire pay package depends on the hours they fly every day, the airlines has been curtailing the number of flights by 30 to 40 per cent.

Via - [ET]
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Already running into loss, now this strike will further complicate matters in Air India. It is high time government hand over Air India to Private operators. Otherwise do not anticipate any improvement because the Union's are stronger than the Government.!!
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PTI flash news:

Delhi High Court asks Air India pilots to withdraw their strike forthwith.
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Air India sacks six pilots; HC orders stay on strike

State-run Air India dismissed six pilots and suspended two others after a strike called by the Indian Commercial Pilots Association disrupted services in several cities. More than 650 of the airline's 1,500 pilots are on strike since midnight demanding better pay and work conditions.

"I have told them (the pilots) that their actions are unjustifiable and the behavior is not acceptable," civil aviation minister Vyalar Ravi told a news conference in Delhi. "The pilots are the most well-paid section (of the airline) and they should not be behaving like this when the situation is so grave."

Although the flag carrier has deployed 150 executive pilots to maintain services, it was forced to cancel about 50 flights on Wednesday for lack of pilots. The airline operates 320 flights daily on the domestic network. The civil aviation minister said he has allowed Air India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Arvind Jadhav to take any measure to deal with the strike.

Read More- http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news...104839.cms
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Now, it will lead to a prestige issue - who is big/who will win ? The striking Pilots or the Air India management/ government?
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Pilots must win. Otherwise Air India won't improve.
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PTI Flash News:

Delhi High Court issues contempt notices to 9 office bearers of pilots' union for disobeying order to call-off strike.
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