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HC�s contempt notice to 9 AI pilots

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, May 3 � Contempt notices were today slapped by the Delhi High Court on nine union leaders of striking Air India pilots who refused to end their week-long stir, provoking the airlines management to clamp �no work, no pay� rule, reports PTI.

As the stalemate continued, the management issued directions for not processing of the salaries of those who were not joining duty as the airline operated only about 40 flights on the seventh day, cancelling almost 90 per cent of its 320 daily services.

However, keeping open the window for talks, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters later in the day, �Government is willing to settle the issue�.

Ravi, who has been insisting that the pilots would have to call off their agitation before further talks, said he has convened a meeting tomorrow with AI CMD Arvind Jadhav, Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi and top officials to discuss the situation.

Following its stern warning, the High Court issued contempt notices to nine office bearers of the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), while deciding to take up the matter again on May 25.

It rapped both the striking pilots and the airlines management for their adamant attitude and failure to resolve the crisis. The two-judge bench also appointed senior lawyer Siddharth Luthra as amicus curaie to assist the court on the legal issues.

�Status quo remains. The matter is sub-judice. We will fight for our demands till the last and seek legal recourse. We are absolutely united�, Vikram Yadav, ICPA representative told reporters.

He said the ICPA was �ready to sit for talks any time, but the management should be ready too. We can sit across the table and resolve the issue in five minutes, but similar should be the management�s attitude too�.

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HC�s contempt notice to 9 AI pilots

NEW DELHI, May 3 � Contempt notices were today slapped by the Delhi High Court on nine union leaders of striking Air India pilots who refused to end their week-long stir, provoking the airlines management to clamp �no work, no pay� rule, reports PTI.

As the stalemate continued, the management issued directions for not processing of the salaries of those who were not joining duty as the airline operated only about 40 flights on the seventh day, cancelling almost 90 per cent of its 320 daily services.

However, keeping open the window for talks, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters later in the day, �Government is willing to settle the issue�.

Ravi, who has been insisting that the pilots would have to call off their agitation before further talks, said he has convened a meeting tomorrow with AI CMD Arvind Jadhav, Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi and top officials to discuss the situation.

Following its stern warning, the High Court issued contempt notices to nine office bearers of the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), while deciding to take up the matter again on May 25.

It rapped both the striking pilots and the airlines management for their adamant attitude and failure to resolve the crisis. The two-judge bench also appointed senior lawyer Siddharth Luthra as amicus curaie to assist the court on the legal issues.

�Status quo remains. The matter is sub-judice. We will fight for our demands till the last and seek legal recourse. We are absolutely united�, Vikram Yadav, ICPA representative told reporters.

He said the ICPA was �ready to sit for talks any time, but the management should be ready too. We can sit across the table and resolve the issue in five minutes, but similar should be the management�s attitude too�.