The Air India strike continued for its 55th day yesterday, taking the national carrier’s revenue losses to an estimated Rs 605 crore, while two more of the pilots on a hunger strike were hospitalised.
“They have been on an indefinite hunger strike since last Sunday,” said Rohit Kapahi, committee member of the Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG). “The doctors are monitoring the health of all the other pilots who are on hunger strike,” he added.
The pilots are demanding reinstatement of their 101 sacked colleagues and recognition of their union, IPG. However, the airline’s
management has maintained that pilots must end their strike first and that the sacked pilots will be reinstated on a case-by-case basis.