The pilots of Air India, who are on strike have been warned by the management on May 8, 2012 to take back the strike and return to work by 6 pm or they may have to face action. Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh earlier in the day termed the strike as ‘illegal’.

The minister added that the airline would take appropriate action against those involved in the strike. Singh also revealed that the pilots went on sick leave while they were in talks with the management, which they led to the cancellation of the flights.

The strike affected four Air India International flights from New Delhi and Mumbai, after about 100 pilots refused to join work. Singh while talking to the reporters said, “They are reporting sick. They have not given any notice for any strike. So whatever the Air India management rules and regulations, action will be taken accordingly”.

Singh also said if he talks with Air India had failed then they could have spoken to the ministry or him. Air India is currently undergoing a turbulent period and crores of public money is being infused to run the carrier. Singh also revealed that several sections has grievances and that there is always a solution to a problem.