New Delhi: State-run National Aviation Co. of India Ltd-run Air India’s pilots union Indian Commercial Pilots Association or ICPA will not go on strike from 30 November allowing for the carrier to continue its flights uninterrupted. “They have accepted all our demands and we have taken back the strike notice,” ICPA general secretary R. S. Otaal said on Sunday evening referring to talks with the management. He declined to elaborate.
ICPA, with backing of some 800 pilots, has been protesting against irregular payments by the cash-strapped carrier and seeking uniform pay scale rules within the carrier. The pilot’s union had given a strike call notice from 24 November but that was later moved to 30 November after conciliation meetings with the management and the chief labour commissioner S.K. Mukhopadhyay.
Air India suffered Rs65 crore in losses after a decision to cut salaries led to senior pilots of Air India going on a five day strike in September this year.