Air India cancels flights after 100 pilots strike on grounds of ill-health

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ONE hundred pilots of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) has intensified its grievances in a strike of Air India by calling in sick because of management sidetracking at the negotiating table.

The work stoppage expected to more than double to 250 workers was considered "illegal" by the country's civil aviation minister Ajit Singh for its lack of a notice period leading to disruption of four international passenger flights to Hong Kong, Toronto and Chicago and New Jersey.

In a report from CNN-INB news, Mr Singh said: "This is not appropriate. Every section has grievances, they should have some patience". Particularly in light of the government's approval of a bailout package for the country's carriers, including Air India.

But IPG president Jitendra Awhad said the action is a matter of principle when management backtracks on what had been agreed over the delayed training of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in preference to colleagues from Air India rather than the former Indian Airlines.

"No time is good for agitation. But at times things come to such a pass when agitation is the last resort to get the pending issues resolved," said spokesman for IPG, following court ruling of a the delay of training for both equal number of pilots of each airline.

The issue of Dreamliner training is to be carried forward by the Indian Airline's representative of the ICPA with the IPG happy for equal representation but wishing to see further solutions to its pilots progression prospects.

The airline has sacked 10 of the striking pilots and has sent doctors to the remaining pilots homes who called in sick.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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