Striking Air India pilots end crippling strike

Air India pilots ended their four-day wildcat strike yesterday after the government over-ruled management’s plan for massive wage cuts impacting up to 7,000 employees. Loss-making, state-run Air India had canceled a quarter of its international and domestic flights and was working to suspend bookings on more flights as a result of striking pilots unhappy with […]


Air India bailout pilots strike wage cuts


Air India pilots ended their four-day wildcat strike yesterday after the government over-ruled management’s plan for massive wage cuts impacting up to 7,000 employees. Loss-making, state-run Air India had canceled a quarter of its international and domestic flights and was working to suspend bookings on more flights as a result of striking pilots unhappy with a recent Air India Board decision to cut employee incentive payments by between 25 and 50 per cent. About 250 pilots refused to work since 26 September leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at airports. Air India has been struggling after it posted a US$875 million loss in the fiscal year ended March and it has sought a government bailout.