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HC asks AI management to adopt ‘parental attitude’ towards pilots

Observing that Air India management should adopt a “parental attitude” towards its pilots,the Delhi High Court today asked the striking pilots and AI’s management to amicably settle the issue out of court.

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2012 2:40:53 am

Observing that Air India management should adopt a “parental attitude” towards its pilots,the Delhi High Court today asked the striking pilots and AI’s management to amicably settle the issue out of court.

Justice Reva Khetrapal asked the counsels,appearing for the national carrier and the pilots to inform the court by tomorrow if there was any possibility of out-of-court settlement.

“We would like to see the matter settled. We want to see Air India prosper as the best airline in the world and the airline should adopt a parental attitude,” said Justice Reva Khetrapal.

The court was hearing an application by the Indian Pilots Guild,the umbrella organisation for the striking pilots,seeking reinstatement of sacked pilots and revoking the de-recognition of their union. Filing the application,the pilots’ association said they are ready to resume their duties but the management had created a hostile situation,forcing the pilots to go on a hunger strike.

The pilots’ association requested the court to direct the management to create a conducive atmosphere so that the members of IGP can resume their duties and also direct AI to hold the conciliation process with them.

Appearing for the management,senior counsel Lalit Bhasin told the court that the pilots are not entitled to approach the court as they are held in contempt of the court.

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