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40 sacked Air India pilots willing to resume duty

PTI     July 20, 2012
Forty out of 101 Air India pilots , who were sacked for going on 58-day strike, have submitted their representation to the management expressing willingness to join duty.

"Forty out of 101 pilots whose services were terminated from Air India for going on strike have so far submitted their representations and indicated their willingness to join back their duties," an Air India spokesperson said in a statement.

"While nine sacked pilots sent their representations against termination of their services and stating their willingness to resume work yesterday (Thursday) another 31 representations were received today (Friday) by the airline management," he said.

The remaining 61 pilots would submit their representations by Saturday, sources in the Indian Pilots Guild, which spearheaded the agitation, said.

The protracted strike by the pilots on issues relating to career progression, was called off on July three after the airlines management had assured the Delhi High Court that it will sympathetically consider their grievances including reinstatement.

The airline had claimed it incurred losses to the tune of over Rs 600 crore as a result of the prolonged strike.

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