Pilot's strike cripples Air India, union derecognised
The strike by pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines have affected lthe flying schedule of Air India
New Delhi: About 800 pilots belonging to the erstwhile Indian Airlines went on a strike early today demanding pay parity with Air India pilots and better working conditions, leading to cancellation of over 20 flights and disruption of many others by several hours.
In a swift and tough response, the Air India management declared the strike illegal, derecognised the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) and sealed its offices in Delhi and Mumbai.
To tide over the crisis, AI has decided to rope in 150 management pilots- executive pilots-to operate the flights, an airline official said.
The ICPA gave the letter intimating about the strike to Air India on Tuesday night after conciliation talks with the management before the Chief Labour Commissioner failed.
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