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July 3, 2012

Air India pilots end strike, to resume work

     New Delhi: Air India pilots on Tuesday called off their fifty-eight day-long strike, assuring the Delhi High Court that the 434 agitating pilots would resume work within the next two days, but some of their representatives said that several issues still needed to be resolved by the government. The pilots have assured the Bombay High Court that they will submit their willingness to join in 48 hours. The Air India management has stated that it will consider the pilots’ case sympathetically, and might consider reinstating sacked pilots. The disgruntled pilots had been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike for the past ten days. Earlier on Monday, the Delhi High Court had ordered Indian Pilots Guild to amicably resolve the deadlock with the striking pilots. Despite their worsening health, they remained relentless in their pursuit. Last Monday, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh had said the hunger strike was avoidable and needless. Singh had called the strike “illegal and unlawful,” for violating the High Court's order, which had directed the pilots to return to work. About 500 Air India pilots who fly international routes have been demanding their colleagues from former state-owned partner Indian Airlines should not be trained to fly Dreamliners, as it may mar the career prospects of original Air India flight crew. The Air India management will hold reconciliation talks on Friday.
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