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Air India pilots threaten strike from November 24

business Updated: Nov 02, 2009 23:10 IST

Air India pilots on Monday served the management a fresh ultimatum to sort out issues relating to salary and allowances in eight days, failing which they threatened to go on strike from November 24.

In a letter written to the NACIL Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), said "if issues, including that of pending arrears, are not addressed by November 10, the letter be considered a strike notice.

"This grievance letter be considered as a 14-day notice of strike under section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, by which strike shall be effective from 1700 hrs of November 24."

ICPA, the non-executive pilots' body of the erstwhile Indian Airlines, claims representation of 800 pilots.

It claimed that the company has not paid salary allowances, which constitute almost 70-80 per cent of their salary, since August.

In September, 400 Air India executive pilots had gone on mass sick leave for four days to protest pay cuts, resulting in more than 200 flights being cancelled and the airline losing more than Rs 100 crore.