A day after HC breaks AI impasse,labour min unaware of directive

A day after the Delhi High Court broke the stalemate between the striking pilots and Air India management,the Union ministry of labour and employment remained unaware of the court’s directive to start conciliation proceedings from July 6

Written by Surabhi | New Delhi | Published: July 5, 2012 1:26:06 am

A day after the Delhi High Court broke the stalemate between the striking pilots and Air India management,the Union ministry of labour and employment remained unaware of the court’s directive to start conciliation proceedings from July 6.

“Whatever we have got to know has come from the newspapers. We are yet to receive a copy of the High Court order before we can start proceedings,” a labour ministry official said. The Chief Labour Commisioner’s office,which has been involved in trying to resolve the dispute,is attached to the labour ministry.

The Delhi High Court in its order on Tuesday directed the pilots and Air India management to appear before conciliating officer and Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC) NK Prasad on July 6 at 4.30 pm. It also posted the matter for July 9 when the conciliating officer will submit a report.

Meanwhile,Prasad who has been actively involved in the issue since the strike started is unwell and has gone on leave. The conciliation proceedings are likely to be handled by a regional labour commissioner now.

Prasad,who was trying to broker peace between the then striking pilots and management of the national carrier since May 7,presided over more than 12 meetings — the last being on June 27. “The CLC is unwell and has been advised complete bed rest and is on leave for about two weeks,” a source said.

The striking pilots union — the Indian Pilots’ Guild on Wednesday called off the strike and announced that they will resume work. A spokesperson for the IPG confirmed to The

Indian Express that it would be attending the conciliation meeting on Friday. “A team from our side will be coming for the meeting. Our demands remain the same — reinstatement of the pilots whose services were terminated and mapping out a career progression plan.”

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