AI strike: Flight cancellations at 90%

The Delhi High court will on Monday decide on whether the striking Air India pilots will be sent to jail for defying its order asking them to get back to work.

Updated: May 02, 2011, 12:11 PM IST

Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi High court will on Monday decide on whether the striking Air India pilots will be sent to jail for defying its order asking them to get back to work. Based on High Court’s decision the Air India management will also take a call on sacking the pilots.

With the stand-off between the management entering the sixth day hundreds of flights stood cancelled.
There is no end in sight to the impasse as other pilots unions have begun offering support to the banned ICPA (Indian Commercial Pilots Association), which is spearheading the campaign. The latest to buttress the union’s stir was Jet Airways’ Society for the Welfare of Indian Pilots, an English daily reported. They sent a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi, seeking him to start the negotiation process with them.

The court could initiate contempt of court proceedings against the pilots in today’s hearing. The management had derecognized the ICPA, and issued an “ultimatum” asking the pilots to get back to work or face sacking from the job.
The union had replied that they are willing to go to jail, if that is what it takes to expose the corruption in the airline. Pilots are on strike demanding fixed salary, a CBI probe into the mismanagement of the airline and the removal of its chief managing director Arvind Jhadav.

Air India CMD Arvind Jadhav had on Sunday sent SMSs to employees of the national carrier to "persuade" striking pilots to return to the negotiating table and work to "save our airline."

However, the pilots union has maintained that the management has shown no real interest in addressing their concerns.