Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pilots drag DGCA to court on notice period issue; call it forced labour

Pilots’ unions have moved the Bombay High Court against the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA’s) draft proposal to increase notice period, from six months to a year.

The petition, filed jointly by Indian Pilots Guild and National Aviators Guild, was mentioned in the court on Tuesday and will come for hearing next Tuesday.

The legal action comes within days of a spat between pilots and the civil aviation regulator over the issue.

In the petition, the unions have pointed out that the notice period required to be given by pilots is a contractual issue between them and the airline, and claimed that rules do not empower the DGCA to revoke a licence of a pilot for non-compliance of notice period.
The unions have said that even with six months notice, it is “exceptionally difficult for pilots to obtain fresh employment”, as other airlines are not willing to wait for such a long period and that extension from six months to a year is unreasonable and unjust. “With a one-year notice period it will be virtually impossible for a pilot to leave one employment and join another and will be tantamount to forced labour,” the petition said.
15/06/17 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard

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