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Air India pilots’ strike is illegal: Delhi HC

Sheikh Imran Bashir

Agence India Press 


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has restrained pilots of the flag carrier from going on strike. The court said that the strike was illegal.


In its order, the Delhi HC said Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) is restrained from going on strike, calling in sick or holding demonstrations within 200 metres of any airport.


Terming the pilots’ strike as illegal, the Delhi HC observed that this type of strike causes irrecoverable loss to Air India.


The Delhi High Court adjourned the next hearing of the Air India case till 13 July.


Air India management had yesterday terminated the services of 10 office-bearers of the Indian Pilots’ Guild, which is spearheading the strike, besides de-recognising the guild.


Earlier, the government on Wednesday expressed readiness to talk to agitating Air India pilots, but warned that if they resorted to such actions repeatedly, no public money would be infused in the ailing carrier for its revival.


Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh told reporters that, if they have grievances, we can talk; discussions and disruptions cannot take place simultaneously. They should withdraw strike and apologise to passengers.


Admitting that pilots are most important group in any airlines and could even shut down carriers if they want, Singh said pilots should understand their responsibilities as well.


More than 150 Air India pilots owing allegiance to Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) had reported sick on Tuesday resulting in cancellation of about 20 international flights. The pilots have been protesting against rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training.


Air India spokesperson told Agence India Press that, four flights have been cancelled today, two each from Delhi and Mumbai,” All other international flights are operating, as a contingency plan has been put in place with the available pilots, he said.


A meeting between the agitating pilots and the management before the Central labour commissioner is slated to be held later today. They had an inconclusive round of talks yesterday. (AIP News)



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