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Air India Cancels Four Flights When Pilots Call in Sick

Air India had to cancel four international flights when 150 pilots called in sick and failed to show up for their shifts.  Pilots are protesting poor working conditions and unpaid salaries and Jitendra Awhad, president of the Indian Pilots Guild, said that some pilots have not been paid for six months.  The airline, which could be crippled by the action of the pilots, has fired ten of the pilots and ordered the rest back to work by Tuesday.

Awhad said that they did not resort to strike action until after the airline refused to give the pilots what they were demanding.  Talks had been underway, but they broke down.  The airline is suffering a loss of $1 billion per year due to a merger that was not executed properly, debts, and too large a staff.  However, the government has recently announced that they will give the airline a $6 billion bailout to help them out of troubled times.

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