Air India Pilots' flip-flop; 57-day-long strike not over yet

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New Delhi, Jul 3: The agitating pilots of Air India on Tuesday, Jul 3 took a U-turn denying their earlier statement that they will call off their 58-day strike with immediate effect.

Initial reports claimed that the pilots will join to their respective work places following the order of the Delhi High Court. The court earlier had asked the 434 pilots to submit letters to the Air India management indicating their willingness to get back to work.

The court also asked the management to reinstate pilots who were sacked during the strike for not turning up to their works.

Media reports also informed that the Air India management showed their willingness to consider the reinstatement of 100 odd pilots who were terminated earlier. However, the latest move by the pilots of snubbing the high court's order would definitely leave negative impact on the decision of the management.

The 58-day strike has already cost the government a whopping Rs 600 crore. Air India merged with domestic airlines - Indian Airlines in 2007. The pilots of the former accused the management of not securing their seniority and objected training offered to pilots from the erstwhile Indian Airlines for the Boeing-787 Dreamliner.

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