I think as of now the government looks very firm on its stance to deal with the pilots and other HR related problems in a very decisive manner. I don't see the government blinking. It looks very much possible that this decision would be forwarded up and more pilots would be sacked. For now the government looks very firm which is a right thing to do,” added Kaul.
Another aviation expert and director of Starair Consulting Harsh Vardhan told this Citizen Journalist that the time has come for the government to take a precipitative decision i.e. compromise with the pilots or sack them as there is no other option.
While adding that both the steps would have their own pros and cons he said that there is a need of conscious decision in the larger interest of the government run airline.
There are implications in both ways. Sacking will bring lots of complications as these are very experienced pilots who can fly Boeing 777 and other aircrafts. However, in case they are not sacked then a message would go outside that the government is tolerating indiscipline by the pilots. So a very conscious decision is needed in the larger interest of the Air India,” said Harsh Vardhan.
Civil Aviation Aviation minister Ajit Singh while speaking to IANS gave the signals that more pilots could be sacked if they don't join their duties soon as it is already more than 30 days. The minister said that the strike is illegal and now it is up to the Air India management to decide for how long these pilots could be on their payrolls without working.
Notably, the Air India pilots went on strike while demanding that the pilots of the Indian Airlines should not be given training to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliners as they fear that it would hurt their career in future.
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