Air India pilots to follow Anna Hazare: Fast from Sunday

Thundering clouds never call to stop for Air India national carrier even after marking 50 days strike as A total of 444 agitator pilots announced to follow Anna Hazare’s foot steps to fight with AI by going on a hunger strike from Sunday.

“We have received the mandatory clearances for going on a hunger strike. Eight members of our union will sit on fast from Sunday at Jantar Mantar here,” Rohit Kapahi, committee member of Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG), told reporters.

Sunday will be the historical day for India because it will be for the first time that highly paid professionals would sit on a hunger strike for justice and their demand.

“We along with our families will be there to support our colleagues. We want this strike to end, as soon as possible, but we will not come back to work till our 101 Sacked colleagues are reinstated,” Kapahi further said in a statement.

Around 101 Pilots belonging to the IPG, has been struck by AI management which went to strike from May 8 with demand to train pilots from the erstwhile Indian Airlines for Boeing-787 Dreamliner.

Hitting with a long strike period, Air India has bear a loss of about Rs.520 crore, delay in operation and scheduling of international flights.

It has been said that to cover its huge losses, the airline plans to hire nearly 100 new pilots, along with 90 more trainee pilots. Even it has already issued advertisements on its website for hiring new pilots for a contract of five years and this hiring process would end July 23.

Source said, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said, “We are not waiting for them for ever. We earlier asked them (pilots) to come back and said that no one will be victimised.”

Meanwhile, none of both parties- the government and the frustrated pilots, are ready to fall down and resolve the issue. Both are stand with their values and demands.

Govt. is ready to end deadlock as soon as pilots would have to first call off the “illegal strike“, but on otherside pilots asked to first reinstated sacked pilots.