Air India strike: Ajit Singh to meet trade unions next week

New Delhi, May 17: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh will meet representatives of all recognised trade unions of Air India next week to discuss the Justice Dharmadhikari report on human resource issues, including career progression and promotion of pilots.

“I am just going to say that I have decided, I am calling a meeting next week of all the recognised trade unions of Air India because in that recovery plan, there will be big stake, we will discuss them, we will inform them what is the plan and also many of their promotions have been held up for many years,” Singh told mediapersons here on Thursday.

The meeting is expected to have all the representatives of recognised trade unions excluding the association of Indian pilots, who is spearheading the strike.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation had earlier constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of Justice D.M. Dharmadhikari, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India to address various industrial relations issues.

The Group of Ministers’ (GOM) meeting held on February 7 has also desired that Justice Dharmadhikari committee recommendations be examined by the first week of March 2012.

This committee will look into various recommendations in the report and comment on its implementation, keeping in mind the employee’s interests, functional viability of the company and financial implications.

The committee will also give an implementation schedule indicating the priority of implementation of various recommendations.

Despite approaching the Supreme Court, the management and the Centre failed to resolve the deadlock.

The pilots recently disobeyed the ruling of the Delhi High Court, which had asked them to return to work.

About 500 Air India pilots who fly international routes have been demanding their colleagues from former state-owned partner Indian Airlines should not be trained to fly Dreamliners, as it may hurt the career prospects of original Air India staff. (ANI)