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Air India allows 21 de-rostered crew to report on flight duty

mumbai Updated: May 14, 2010 02:28 IST

The Maharaja bowed down to the demand from a section of its staff in less than 20 hours on Thursday.

Fearing flight disruptions, Air India on Thursday allowed 21 cabin crew members to report back on flight duty.

These crew members had been de-rostered (taken off flying duty pending an enquiry) for allegedly delaying a Delhi-Toronto flight via Cairo by 16 hours on April 20 by reporting late on duty.

The All India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) had called a work-to-rule protest from Wednesday midnight.

The AICCA, which comprises more than 2,000 cabin crew, had refused to work beyond their stipulated work shifts even in contingency situations to condemn the action against the crew in the Cairo case.

But with the airline heeding to the demand to re-roster the crew, the protest did not affect AI’s international flights.

But only the first round of dispute is over. Now the AICCA wants an investigation in the Cairo case.

“The real offenders should be punished,” said Sanjay Lazar, general secretary, AICCA. It also wants the management to clear pending issues such as promotions, wage arrears, and bar sales incentives.

“We have put the protest on hold for 48 hours,” said Lazar.

An Air India spokesperson said that the cabin crew was taken off duty for questioning in the Cairo case.

“We have re-rostered them but the inquiry is not over,” said the spokesperson.

For the next two days a series of meetings are scheduled to take place between the union and airline management. According to sources, pressure from a political party that backs the union played a big role in convincing the airline to re-roster the suspended cabin crew.