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September 2009 Air India pilots strike

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A section of 300-odd strong Executive Pilots of Indian national airliner Air India began strike by reporting to be sick on September 26, 2009 protesting against the decision of the management to reduce their productivity-linked incentives (PLI) by 50 per cent. Pilots who earn Rs 8 lakh per month and will now have to face a cut of Rs 2.5 lakh per month.

Day 1 - September 26, 2009

This led to the airliner to cancel the flights from New Delhi to Mumbai and Kabul. The agitating pilots continued to hold talks with the Air India Management but no positive outcome has been reached on September 26, 2009.

Day 2 - September 27, 2009

When the strike continued on the second day on September 27, 2009, as many as 13 flights that are bound to start from New Delhi are canceled right early in the morning. Six of the 13 canceled flights are international flights that connect to Dubai, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore and Kabul. Seven domestic flights canceled are bound to Kolkata, Lucknow, Srinagar, Raipur, Nagpur, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

The deadlock between Air India management and agitating pilots on Sunday appeared to be heading towards a positive direction, as Air India management reportedly offered an olive branch to the striking pilots by agreeing to withdraw incentive-cut.

Day 3 - September 28, 2009

The executive pilots strike entered third day on Monday even after its management reportedly offered an olive branch by agreeing to withdraw incentive-cut causing discomfort to the passengers across the country. Air India Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav and a representative of the striking pilots, Captain V K Bhalla has held a meeting in the hope of ending the deadlock between the Air India management and the agitating pilots. but the talks collaps after both sides refused to budge on stated positions. The AI authorities reported they are likely to shut down its operations for a few days from midnight.

Day 4 - September 29, 2009

The Air India pilots strike entered fourth day. The Prime Minister Office took stock of Air India crisis. Appealing to the striking Air India pilots to end their four-day-old strike, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation (Independent charge) Praful Patel on Tuesday warned that if they did not end their agitation quickly, the government and the national carrier would be forced to take emergency measures that could be detrimental to their short and long-term career interests. The Indian Railways on Tuesday said that it would set up train passenger reservation counters at all important airports throughout the country for the convenience of stranded passengers who want to travel by trains.

Day 5 - September 30, 2009

The 5-day Air India Pilots strike has come to and end after the agitating pilots agreed to join duties after getting assurance from their CMD Jadhav reassured them that their incentive would be paid.

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