Air India reinstates pilots who faced action during stir

Five days after pilots called off their strike, Air India management has finally reinstated its 15 pilots who were suspended or sacked for participating in the 10-day long stir.

Last Updated: May 12, 2011, 16:31 PM IST

New Delhi: Five days after pilots called
off their strike, Air India management has finally reinstated
its 15 pilots who were suspended or sacked for participating
in the 10-day long stir.

Air India management had suspended six and terminated
the services of nine pilots, including the leaders of pilot`s
body -- the Indian Commercial Pilot`s Association (ICPA) and
executive pilots -- for spearheading the indefinite strike.

Seeing no action on reinstatement of pilots by the
management, ICPA General Secretary Rishbah Kapur yesterday
wrote to Civil Aviation Minister Valayar Ravi seeking his
intervention on the issue.

"We have revoked the suspension of six pilots and
reinstated the services of nine terminated pilots last evening
and some of them have been even put on duty also," an Air
India official said today.

When asked about the five-day delay, he said various
procedures have to be followed before reinstating a terminated
pilot.

Air India pilots had called off their 10-day-old
strike on May 6 after Government agreed to reinstate the
sacked and suspended pilots, restore recognition to their
union and look into their complaints of irregularities.

But, according to sources, there was delay in issuing
reinstatement orders by the airline management as it was
adamant on not reinstating the sacked executive pilots who had
come out in support of their junior colleagues.

However, the management was ready to take back the
pilots associated with the ICPA, the source said.

Pilots even informed Prashant Sukul, Joint Secretary,
Ministry of Civil Aviation about the alleged violation of the
terms of the agreement on May 9 and had even written to Air
India CMD Arvind Jadhav on the issue.

PTI