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Air India pilots call off agitation

New Delhi, Sat, 14 Jan 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Air India pilots today called off their agitation. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) made this announcement.


The withdrawal of the agitation came soon after Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh gave assurance that most of the pending salaries and allowance of Air India pilots will be cleared by the end of next week.


He had informed the media that the national carrier was going through a financial crisis. He said he will hold discussions with the Finance Ministry on Tuesday to discuss the issue and expressed hope that the issue will be resolved soon.


The Minister also appealed to the pilots to join their duty.


Protesting against non-payment of salary and allowances, a section of Air India pilots had on Friday decided to go on "no-pay-no-work" agitation from midnight last night.


Flight operations of Air India were disrupted on Saturday after 40 of its pilots reported sick as part of their 'work to rule' stir against the management's failure to pay allowances, with the government saying it will take steps to resolve the issue.


Fourteen flights were cancelled due to the agitation. Eight flights to Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Leh, Bangalore, Bagdogra, Amritsar and Kolkata were cancelled from Delhi after 22 pilots in the national capital reported sick, seven flights were cancelled from Mumbai due to the agitation. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association appealed to the agitating crew to return to work and asked the management to take steps to resolve the pending demands, including payment of allowances. (ANI)


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