The Corporate Communications department of the airline said that the focus of the issue is one of refusal to follow the company procedure which is adopted with the endorsement of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka to ensure safety of the passengers and operation of aircraft.
The Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka (ALPG-SL) had last week decided to protest against the decision taken by the management of the airline to suspend the pilot who refused to take the breathalyzer test.
“It is very disappointing that the ALPG-SL has chosen to exert pressure on a matter of gross violation of Company procedure by an individual pilot, is under investigation through industrial action. The Company will strictly follow the due process in dealing with this matter,” the airline said today.
SriLankan Airlines views the conduct of the ALPG-SL as an unacceptable attempt to subvert the course of justice by industrial action and to try the case in the media.
The airline urged the ALPG-SL to act on this issue responsibly as a professional organization with due regard and respect to the due process and confidentiality matters involved. (Colombo Gazette)