New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Thursday said that the government will convene a meeting of all the recognised Air India unions next week to discuss Justice Dharmadhikari report on HR issues. Singh said he will discuss the issues of promotions and career progression of pilots in the meeting. The meeting will have representatives of all the recognised unions, which means the Indian Pilots' Guild that is spearheading this strike will not be part of it.
The Delhi High Court is also expected to give its verdict on the guild's plea challenging an order that restrains them from going on an illegal strike on Thursday.
The three pilots who broke ranks with their colleagues are set to resume to work as the pilots' strike enters its 10th day.
"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.
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.
(With additional inputs from PTI)