The Air India pilots’ strike entered Day 15 on Tuesday and the end does not seem to be in sight. Yesterday, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh met more than a dozen Air India unions. He talked about the carrier’s turnaround plans and even asked them to request the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) to which the striking pilots owe allegiance, to call off the strike. According to sources, there was a plea by the unions to reinstate the 71 sacked pilots. The government, however, has hardened its stand and got rid of 30 more.
The IPG-led strike began in protest against the management’s decision to depute pilots from the Indian (Airlines) on the 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Incidentally, the Air India management claimed that the IPG was not united since four pilots had resumed flying. This claim was dismissed by the union.