DHAKA: The 58-day-old strike by 434 pilots of erstwhile Air India could be nearing an end soon.
The pilots on Tuesday pledged before the Delhi high Court that they will end their strike even as the management of the national airline said it is willing to re-instate the agitating pilots, reports Times of India.
The pilots also told Justice Reva Khetrapal that they will join their duties in 48 hours and provide their joining reports, whereas the pilots whose services were terminated during the strike would submit reports expressing their willingness to join the duty.
The offer to end the 58 day strike came after the AI management assured the court that it would consider the grievances of the pilots ‘sympathetically’.
The IPG however denied the AI management’s lawyer’s claim after Tuesday’s HC hearing that the strike had been called off.
‘As of now, the strike is on. The management lawyer should not have spoken on our behalf and declared that the strike has been called off. We have been requesting the management to hold talks with us from day one but no one has ever spoken to us directly’, said an IPG member.
BDST: 1734 HRS, JUL 3, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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