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Updated: May 17, 2012 12:08 IST

Ministry convenes meeting of AI unions

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Passengers enquire at an Air India counter at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. File photo
PTI Passengers enquire at an Air India counter at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. File photo

With no end in sight to the pilots’ strike that entered 10th day on Thursday, the Civil Aviation Ministry has convened a meeting of all recognised trade unions of Air India next week to discuss issues relating to career progression and pay-scales.

“I am calling a meeting of all the recognised trade unions of Air India next week to discuss the career progression issues, including promotions also,” Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told reporters here.

The move is aimed at checking further labour trouble and garnering support for the process of implementing the post-merger integration of Air India employees, as resentment is expected over salaries and career progression issues.

The Dharmadhikari Committee, which has recommended several measures on HR integration issues in post-merger Air India, is likely to be taken up for discussion at the meeting.

However, the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), which has been de-recognised by the airline for leading the pilots’ stir over similar issues, is not likely to be part of the discussion as only “recognised” unions are being invited.

With the Civil Aviation Minister offering to hold talks unconditionally and promising that the airline would not be vindictive, the IPG has also stated they were open to talks to resolve the deadlock, but wanted the sacking of 71 of their colleagues and its derecognition to be revoked.

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It looks to be a futile exercise because 1.IPG is not being invited to the talks.Obviously,whether one likes it or not,the pilots are being led by the IPG only.It had requested the govt to hold talks to defuse the situation. Govt.did not heed.what purpose will be served by talking to people who have no control over the pilots? 2.The talks are proposed to be held 'sometime next week'.Why? Because the Minister is leaving for US on a sojourn? This shows how much importance the Ministry attaches to this meeting.
If the govt is indeed sincere and serious to resolve the crisis,it should hold talks with IPG, not 'sometime next week' but immediately.

from:  janardanrao
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 00:27 IST

Why to invite them for discussion after lossing almost Rs.200 crores already. Pilots are now realizing that public mood is against their unjust behaviour by holding the airline and the passengers to ransom. One must understand that this PSU is servicing 3% of Indian population, while the 3% is served themselves do not want the airline to operate incurring such a huge loss year after year. Then whom this compromise is for - for the unloyal & unscrupulous employees who run it as a joy ride. The nation do not need such an Airline. Let's do business commercially. Air Deccan's article on this subject should be an eye openor!

from:  Haridas
Posted on: May 17, 2012 at 14:43 IST
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