Air India pilots end 58-day strike

July 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM
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NEW DELHI, July 3 (UPI) -- Striking Air India pilots said they would end their work stoppage on faith the company would "sympathetically" discuss their grievances.

"The Air India management shall sympathetically consider the grievances of pilots, including the aspects of reinstatement of those pilots whose service has been terminated consequent to this strike," Justice Reva Khetrapal said.

Indo-Asian News Service reported Tuesday the pilots' representative Geeta Luthra informed the court the pilots would report to work within 48 hours.

"Serious effort has been made by this court to settle the dispute. Counsel for both the parties have assured this court that they will be extending full corporation in this regard to their respective client," Justice Khetrapal said.

The Indian Pilots Guild and Air India management were also told to appear before a conciliation officer, who would submit a report to the court by Monday.

The strike began May 7 to protest Air India's decision to train pilots from the former Indian Airlines to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Air India and Indian Airlines merged in 2007.

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