In an attempt to get its striking pilots back to work, Air India today fired 10 more pilots for their involvement in the agitation, in which around 200 pilots went on sick leave and did not report for work.
The airline had fired 10 pilots yesterday, all of whom are members of the Indian Guild of Pilots, the body which has orchestrated the large-scale absence of pilots from work. Air India's management also said it would not recognise the Indian Pilots Guild.
The Delhi High court, while hearing a petition by the airline management, today said that the strike was 'illegal' and observed that a public utility could not be held to ransom by such strikes.
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.
The agitation by Air India's 'sick' pilots continued for the second day today, forcing the management to cancel four international flights. The pilots are on mass sick leave protesting the move to provide Boeing-787 Dreamliner training to pilots from the erstwhile Indian Airlines.
Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh had said earlier today that the airline could look at firing more pilots who refused to report for duty.
"If need be, we will downsize. The management of the airline and DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Avition) are looking at it," he said.
Updated Date: Dec 20, 2014 08:13 AM