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Air India airborne again, pilots call off strike
Published on 7 May. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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After 10 days of crippling strike, Air India is finally all set to fly again. In a late night breakthrough in the deadlocked talks, the pilots have accepted the assurances given by the government over looking into their demands in a time-bound manner and would be manning cockpits as soon as Friday night itself.
As per the agreement, the pilots will wait till the four-member panel headed by former Supreme Court judge justice DN Dharmadhikari that began functioning on April 25 gives its report on the striking pilots - of the erstwhile Indian Airlines - demand for pay parity with their Air India counterparts .
Pilots of the de-recognised Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) want a fixed salary for 70 hours of flying every month, similar to their Air India counterparts who get a fixed pay for 75-80 hours put in every month (ranging from Rs 5-8 lakh).
Besides justice Dharmadhikari the other members of the panel are: R Dholakia, professor at IIM Ahmedabad and Rajeshwar Dayal, a retired Department of Public Enterprises official, as members along with member secretary Syed Nasir Ali, a director in the ministry.
As per the terms of the agreement reached today, the Air India has agreed to revoke all sackings, suspensions and transfers effected during the strike period and also the pilots’ association ICPA’s recognition has been restored.
Air India has sacked seven pilots and suspended six and the management has decided not to process the April salaries of the agitators “till further instructions”.

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