Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mumbai: The five-day-old stir by Jet Airways pilots that severely crippled the carrier’s services ended just before midnight on Saturday as the airline management and the agitators have worked out a settlement.
The strike was called off after a marathon seven-hour meeting here during which it was agreed that the pilots sacked by the airline would be reinstated and the pilots would not challenge a review of registration of their union National Aviators Guild by the Registrar of Trade Unions.
Nearly 400 pilots affiliated to NAG had reported sick, protesting dismissal of their colleagues. The stir resulted in cancellation of 280 flights on Saturday. Earlier, before the meeting between the pilots and the Jet Management, the airline’s Executive Director Saroj Dutta addressed the pilots appealing to them to end their agitation.
Girish Kaushik, President of the National Aviators Guild (NAG) had said that the management had agreed to reinstate the sacked pilots “but at the same time they want us to agree to many things.”
Saturday’s discussions came a day after nine-hour long inconclusive conciliatory proceedings between the management and the NAG before the Chief Labour Commissioner.
13/09/09 PTI/Deccan Herald

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