Things appear to have been finally settled, for the ailing Air India. The pilots who were striking from May 7 have been reported to have told the Delhi High court that they are are willing to return back to work. The High court is understood to have given instructions to the pilots to resume back the work within 48 hours.
“Due to the intervention of the Delhi high court, the strike has been called off with immediate effect,” one of the legal counsels for Air India announced to the reporters. Around 434 pilots on strike have agreed to give an undertaking expressing their willingness to rejoin work.
Air India is also reported to consider the reinstatement of 100 sacked pilots and 10 office bearers, after the strike has been called off.
Pilots were on strike for about 58 days, as they believed that their seniority and training were not being protected by the management. The pilots had sat on an indefinite hunger strike from June 24th of this year.
The Delhi High Court had earlier asked the management of the Air India and striking Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) to shed their egos and come together to end the two-month-old pilots’ strike, which has caused immense hardship to passengers. “The court is for amicable settlement of the dispute out-of-the-court and towards this end, the airline management is to adopt a parental attitude. Respective sides are to shed their egos. We would like to see the matter settled. We want to see Air India prosper as the best airline in the world and the airline should adopt a parental attitude…” Justice Reva Khetrapal said.
With the strike being called off, it should be seen as a positive step in reviving the ailing airliner and the civil aviation industry, as a whole.