The striking Air India (AI) pilots have said they will take a decision to call off their strike and report back on duty within the next 24 hours. Over 400 pilots have been on mass sick leave since May 7, which has cost the company a loss of over Rs 250 crore.
Through media reports, we have learnt that civil aviation minister Ajit Singh has offered to take back all terminated pilots and to look into our demands, a statement issued by the now de-recognised Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) said.
“We welcome the minister’s offer and we will be discussing the same with our members and the IPG managing committee,” the statement further said.
Meanwhile, IPG has written to the minister and sought an appointment.
Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh had said on Wednesday that government was willing to take back all sacked pilots on a case-to-case basis including office bearers of IPG. AI has already re-instated a sacked pilot after he tendered a written apology.
However, aviation ministry officials said that IPG office bearers would not be taken back.
“There is no bar on taking back sacked pilots. Due procedure will be followed and this will be done on a case-to-case basis only if all pilots first join back work. I am ready to talk on all issues only after they join work, not before,” Singh had said on Wednesday.