NEW DELHI (AFP) - Air India workers called off a strike on Wednesday after Indias aviation minister condemned as irresponsible the walk-out which led to travel disruptions just days after a fatal crash. Vivek Rao, from the Air Corporation Employees Union, told television news networks that the striking staff of the state-run carrier would resume work later on Wednesday. We have come to some understanding with the (Air India) management and in view of that we are withdrawing the strike, Rao said in Mumbai, without elaborating. It is not that our back is broken but we have given an assurance to the chief labour commissioner (in Mumbai) that we will go back to work. Air India authorities were not immediately available for comment on the end of the stoppage by some 15,000 workers. Some 76 Air India flights, including 14 on international routes, were cancelled on Wednesday because of the strike, which was prompted by an alleged management gag on staff talking to the media after the crash. Air India issued a statement denying the gag, saying the media had misinterpreted their demand that staff not speak to the press about the crash for the sake of the companys image and revenues. Nearly 50 flights were cancelled on Tuesday the first day of the strike with services to and from Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata the worst affected. Earlier Wednesday, aviation Minister Praful Patel warned striking workers of Air India, which faced an uncertain future even before a plane from its low-cost subsidiary crashed Saturday in southern India, killing 158 people. The entire Air India family should have been one in solidarity and tried its best, not only to help the families of the victims but also to have resurrected the brand of Air India and tried its best to redeem the damage to the airline, Patel said in New Delhi. The minister warned Air India management was free to take decisive and strong action to end the strike.. The flag carrier is trying to recover heavy losses and improve its market share of the domestic aviation sector, which has been eroded by the growth in private airlines in recent years. It declared a 55.5 billion rupee (1.16 million dollar) net loss for the financial year to March 2009 and is expected to report a 54-billion rupee loss for the 12 months to March 2010, according to government figures. Last September, Air India pilots staged a five-day strike against wage cuts, leading to the cancellation of 250 flights.