Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Air India pilots' strike illegal: Delhi HC

The Delhi high court on Wednesday restrained Air India pilots owing allegiance to Indian Pilots' Guild from resorting to strike.

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

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.

"If you have grievances, we can talk, (but) discussions and disruptions cannot take place simultaneously. They should withdraw strike and apologise to passengers," civil aviation minister Ajit Singh told reporters outside the Parliament House as the strike by Air India pilots entered the second day.

Meanwhile, Air India terminates services of 10 more pilots, according to TV reports.

Around 200 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.

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