Air India strike called off!
The Air India pilots ended their strike on 10th day of agitation after successful round of talks with the government. The management of Air India and the government has reportedly assured the more than 800 striking pilots of relooking into the irregularities and solving all the Pilots grievances in a time-bound schedule.
The Pilots union which was derecognized would be again recognized as a legal union and all the suspensions, sackings and transfers done during the strike would be revoked to ensure the pilots are back to work from immediate effect. The contempt of court petition filed by Air India management will be withdrawn, a CBI probe into the alleged corruption and mismanagement be ordered and all other issues are promised to be tackled in a time-bound manner.
Indian Airlines which was the single largest carrier, just 3 years ago was merged with Indian Air India for optimized operational efficiency. This strike is fallout of the improper handling of the merger, as the pay parity issues between both the margining entities are not solved for the last 3 years. With the strike in progress, Taxpayers are hard hit with losses amounting to 2 billion rupees ($44 million) in lost revenues in the last week and still increasing with every hour of the strike.
Already the shocking $800 Cr. budget for 1600 pilots is becoming a debated issue on the accountability and lack of transparency for the public money.
Source: Times Of India
Petra Vaškových, May 10, 2011
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