Hazare's fast inspires aggrieved pilots of Air India

Pilots' union has threatened strike over pay parity


Sweta Ranjan | April 8, 2011

Social activist Anna Hazare's hunger strike in New Delhi demanding changes in the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill has impressed the pilots of national carrier, Air India. The pilots union Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) is gaining inspiration from Hazare’s fast-unto-death in its standoff with airline's management over pay parity issues.

ICPA has issued a circular to all its members which says, “The ICPA finds itself in familiar territory with the hunger strike of Anna Hazare as we are victims of the same corruption at the highest levels.”

ICPA had earlier threatened to go on a strike if the demands for pay parity issue remained unresolved. Now, after Hazare’s fast the ICPA says, it may use the same protest to fight corruption. “We the ICPA support his cause and take inspiration from him in the fight against corruption.  May God be with Anna Hazare and Air India, as the government of India does not seem to be listening,” says the circular which is written by the ICPA general secretary captain Rishabh Kapoor.



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