Thursday, January 27, 2011

Air India pilots seek minister's intervention in resolving problems

A section of Air India pilots today sought intervention of civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi, saying the airline management was "not serious" about addressing their concerns and trying to precipitate industrial action.

The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), which was called for a meeting with Air India CMD Arvind Jadhav in Mumbai today, is understood to have shot off a letter to the minister after the meeting failed to take place and sought his intervention in the matter.

While the ICPA represents pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines, the Indian Pilots Guild represents the cockpit crew of the erstwhile Air India.

Alleging that the CMD did not meet their representatives as scheduled "despite being present in his office", ICPA sources said it showed Jadhav was "not serious about addressing our concerns and in fact precipitating industrial action against the best interest of the airline".

The ICPA wanted "urgent intervention" by Ravi at the earliest so as to avoid any "unwarranted" industrial action.

The sources said if there was no response from the government, the ICPA could go ahead with serving notices for non-cooperation and other industrial action soon which may affect flights.

Soon after taking over charge last week, the new civil aviation minister had sought the support of all employees of ailing Air India to restore its lost glory and said the staff and the management should work in coordination to achieve this.


NEHA JAIN                                                                                                                

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