New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry says it has thrown its support behind the Air India management to deal with the pilot strike.
“We will take very strong action and we will not be yielding to any blackmail,” said a top official in the ministry, who did not want to be identified.
Official further said has been given full freedom to deal with the situation and the ministry will not get into it directly. Other trade unions have not shown any sign of joining the strike called by ICPA since last night.
“So there is no question of large scale crack down on the rest of them,” the official added.
Meanwhile, Air India has cancelled 12% of its total daily flights and a majority of passengers of these cancelled flights were accommodated in other flights.
Terming the strike as illegal, Air India management has de-recognized the striking union and sealed their offices.
The Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) of erstwhile Indian Airlines had given a strike notice on 23 February 2011 demanding higher emoluments and parity in pay and allowances of erstwhile pilots belonging to erstwhile Air India.