AI stir: 10 pilots sacked, union de-recognised
In a crackdown, Air India sacked ten agitating pilots, de-recognised their union and sealed its offices as around 160 of them failed to join duty, leading to cancellation of five international flights since Monday midnight.
With about 160 pilots not having joined duty, the services of at least ten pilots, including office bearers of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), which is leading the agitation, were terminated, the sources said.
While the IPG has been de-recognised, the sources said its offices in Mumbai and Delhi were sealed.
A section of Air India pilots owing allegiance IPG are agitating over the rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training and matters relating to their career progression.
The Civil Aviation Minister termed the strike as “illegal” and said the management of the national carrier would take appropriate action against those involved in the stir.
The airline management has also started sending doctors to the houses of pilots who were reporting sick, the sources said.