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Air India blinks, opens talks with striking pilots

delhi Updated: May 04, 2011 01:32 IST

Even as the Delhi high court on Tuesday issued contempt notices to nine office bearers of the Indian Commercial Pilots Association, which is leading the Air India pilots’ stir, representatives and lawyers from both parties met out of court to discuss the possibility of a compromise.

The management claimed it told the Delhi high court it would reconsider the termination of pilots if they called off the strike.

Sources in the pilots’ union said, “The management offered to revoke de-recognition of the union and terminations if we resume work.”

The move may have been the result of the HC slapping contempt notices on nine office bearers of the striking pilots’ union for violating its previous resume-work order.

The AI management also cracked down on the 800 agitating pilots with an airline official saying: “We are implementing ‘no work, no pay’. Their April salary won’t be processed if they don’t join work.”

Taking note of the “continuous defiance” of its April 27 order, the court asked the nine ICPA members to be in court on May 25 and reply to the notices. They face up to six months in jail if found guilty.

“You refused to consider our truce formulas. Now, let the law take its course,” the court told the pilots who were present in court. “It seems you don’t understand the stigma attached to a criminal trial and its effect on one’s career.”

An official release from the airline said the justice (retd) Dharmadhikari Committee would solve all HR issues including pay parity, the main reason for the strike. The committee, which was set up a few months ago, began work a week ago, according to the airline.