28-Jul-2011 7:58 AM

Garuda pilots strike after failed talks

Garuda Indonesia Pilots Union (APGI) chairman, Stephanus Gerardus said it would carry out its plan to go on strike at midnight on 27-Jul-2011 after talks between management and pilots failed. Mr Gerardus did not say how many pilots would take part in the strike, but he underlined that the strike’s directive applied to all 543 Indonesian members of the union. “The core problem is that there has been mismanagement, starting when Garuda bought new airplanes in 2010, but there were no pilots to operate them. This has affected operations, making pilots work long hours, and that could be dangerous,” Mr Gerardus said. Garuda's chief operating officer Ari Sapari said it has no plans to “cancel any flights” and “most” of the 160 to 230 pilots scheduled to be on duty on 27-Jul-2011 confirmed they would be working. Mr Sapari stated: “There are enough pilots, because they work in shifts. And if we need more, we can dispatch our flight instructors. Senior pilots in management have also confirmed that they are ready to fly if necessary.” [more - Garuda]

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