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Though the pilots of SriLankan Airlines had decided to conduct a work-to-rule campaign with effect from Thursday midnight, sources at SriLankan Airlines said its management had not been informed of the trade union's decision.

The move by pilots belonging to the Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka (ALPGSL) follows a decision by the SriLankan Airlines Flight Operations Management to conduct random breathalyzer tests on pilots.

The management had decided to go in for breathalyzer tests because of an incident in Frankfurt, where a SriLankan Airlines pilot was found to be unfit to operate the aircraft as he was under the influence of alcohol.

“Soon after the tests were introduced, a pilot was suspended for refusing to undergo the test,” sources said.

However, the Guild had said the particular pilot had not turned down the test but only questioned the procedure of breathalyzer testing.

Attempts to contact the ALPGSL over their not officially informing the SriLankan Airlines management about the TU action were not successful. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  • Sri Wickrama Friday, 09 September 2016 10:00 AM

    These pilots are crazy. Are they thinking of flying with dutchdutch courge?

    malij Friday, 09 September 2016 06:06 PM

    Yes. It is a good ole tavern.

    Upul Friday, 09 September 2016 05:25 PM

    These pilots think that they are not dispensable. There are more than enough very well trained pilots that Srilankan could find for cheaper than these guys who has a big ego. If they dont obey the company rules and regulations, then, sack them and replace with pilots who are willing to do that.

    Gihan De Saram Friday, 09 September 2016 04:55 PM

    Never think about boycotting the Airline. Instead get rid of Pilots who are not falling in line with the Management decision and replace them with foreign pilots who are well disciplined.

    appu Friday, 09 September 2016 04:42 PM

    soon they can have scotch at home and no need to fly anymore. we passengers also boycot our national carrier in future via DM Android App

    usuf Friday, 09 September 2016 04:02 PM

    These fellows may be under d impression that MR is still d President via DM Android App

    Hiran Friday, 09 September 2016 04:00 PM

    Now pilots want act the same way like those unreasonable doctors in SLMC. Fire all the pilots those who want to white wash the drinking habits of their fellow pilots.

    Sharon Friday, 09 September 2016 03:38 PM

    Which means, can the motorists too deny the test when copped???

    Shehan Friday, 09 September 2016 03:37 PM

    I am not ready to fly

    SHEHAN Friday, 09 September 2016 03:27 PM

    This is a serious situation and of the pilots are having that kind of ego these pilots should be sacked and new pilots phrased in on sale of passenger safety. This won't be a issue cos there are hundreds of jobless qualified commercial pilots in Asia alone.

    De Silva Friday, 09 September 2016 03:22 PM

    No wander when there is an incompetent Chairman

    Nadi Karunaratne Friday, 09 September 2016 12:27 PM

    We cannot afford the luxury of two loss making, state owned airlines. Both are burdened with massive debt. I am fed up with my taxes subsidising low productivity, mis-management and political patronage. Use them for health and education instead.

    Proffessional pilot Friday, 09 September 2016 10:30 AM

    Pilots are highly paid they should be more disciplined they are not indispensable more skillful are the engineers. via DM Android App

    Chandler Friday, 09 September 2016 10:26 AM

    Pilots's rade union action in tis instance is illegal as the managements is trying to enforce a valid risk mitigation control. Get Indian Pilots and sack all non obeying pilots for the sake of safety of passengers.

    sdes Friday, 09 September 2016 10:11 AM

    Tackle these guys the way Lee Kuan Yew did

    Hitapangmachan Friday, 09 September 2016 06:19 AM

    send the fellows to former chairmans house he will do the test via DM iOS App

    Top Hat Friday, 09 September 2016 09:55 AM

    We might save in the long run!!!

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 09 September 2016 09:54 AM

    National Airline should be a Nations Pride.

    Don Friday, 09 September 2016 09:41 AM

    Random testing should be for all the crew. Some have a drinking problem. via DM Android App

    Unchikun Friday, 09 September 2016 09:41 AM

    Oh! A great opportunity for the government to slim down or disband the airline. We the tax payers are carrying this burden. File the whole lot in stages.

    Diluk Dias Desinghe Friday, 09 September 2016 09:37 AM

    Why are we allowing these over-paid bus drivers to dictate terms........sell off the management immediately, allow foreign pilots to fly Sri Lankan planes, break their backs and pocket books.

    Ama Friday, 09 September 2016 09:16 AM

    Hope the Management will not change their decision to conduct the breathalyzer test BEFORE the flights.

    Sam Friday, 09 September 2016 09:13 AM

    Pilots are trying to behave like doctors. Lol . Test them before and after every Flight.

    Crazy Friday, 09 September 2016 09:13 AM

    Instead of appreciating the Government for running this loss making institution, the brainless Union has gone to the extend of taking this stupid action at the expense of the Airline's reputation and passengers. Better to privatise the Airline soon.

    Kugan Friday, 09 September 2016 09:09 AM

    Its good idea not only arrival and dep do it in the mid air as well.

    nan Friday, 09 September 2016 09:04 AM

    the best is follow the rules of other airlines -very simple

    admin Friday, 09 September 2016 08:29 AM

    in additional to Airline , Airport authority should conduct test on both arriving and departing aircraft pilots , we should not allow any pilot to fly on sri lankan airspace with influence of alcohol

    Jonti DeSilva Friday, 09 September 2016 08:22 AM

    This is an another corrupt institution .Best is to close down this monster . Since mid 80's when Emirates was formedWe use to compare the strengths and its resources of these airline. Previous govt destroyed .Only the crooks are remaining all others they leave when they come to know about the corruption.

    Dee Friday, 09 September 2016 08:10 AM

    Best is to boycot sri lankan, many more effective airlines. Why take tge risk? Else get foreign pilots.

    mm Friday, 09 September 2016 07:08 AM

    I am surprised they are apposing the test. pilots think they are privileged bunch but in reality they are same as bus drivers via DM iOS App


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