AI to take back 101 sacked pilots

Air India pilots and the carrier’s management managed to reach a middle ground.

Written by Surabhi | New Delhi | Published: July 13, 2012 1:09 am

Air India pilots and the carrier’s management managed to reach a middle ground,albeit a rocky one,on the final day of the court-mandated conciliation proceedings. The Air India management is understood to have agreed to reinstate the 101 sacked pilots on a case-by-case basis.

“The Air India management will form a committee that will review the reinstatement of sacked pilots on a case-by-case basis. The regional labour commissioner (RLC) will inform the High Court of this development in his report on Friday,” an Air India spokesperson told said.

“We have culminated the conciliatory proceedings and Air India management has agreed to look into reinstatement of sacked pilots,based on certain conditions,” said a spokesperson for the Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG),adding that they will now wait for the High Court directives.

Other demands of the striking pilots including withdrawal of legal proceedings and complaints,recognition of the IPG (de-recognised following the strike),and payment of pending dues and arrears would be resolved after the reinstatement of pilots,a person privy to the development said.

Sources said that the atmosphere during the three-day conciliation proceedings,which started on Tuesday,had cooled considerably after the High Court admonished the Air India management over its ‘stiff attitude.’

While the IPG and the AI management have been called for over a dozen meetings with the chief labour commissioner between May 7 (when the strike started) and June 29,neither of the sides were ready to sit together.

Over 400 pilots,led by the now-derecognised union IPG,had gone on a 58-day strike over issues like promotions and training on Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It was only after the intervention of the Delhi High Court that the strike was called off.

On July 3,the AI management had also assured the court that it would consider the reinstatement of the 101 sacked pilots,owing allegiance to IPG.

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