Thursday, August 17, 2017

2 pilots’ unions plan to take aviation regulator to court

Mumbai: Two associations representing more than 1,600 pilots plan to take India’s aviation regulator to court over a new rule, which requires them to serve a notice period of up to one year when they resign from an airline. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation introduced the rule on Wednesday.
"We had petitioned at the Bombay High Court even when the rule was in its draft stages. Then, we were told it was too early to appeal. Now that it's been implemented despite all our protests, we will file a fresh petition," said D Balaraman, the president of the National Aviators Guild, which has more than 1,000 pilots of Jet AirwaysBSE -1.75 % as members.
The Indian Pilots' Guild, affiliated to Air India and represents about 600 aviators of the national carrier, will also approach the Bombay High Court over the issue, a spokesperson said.
Other unions would protest against the rule but were yet to decide on a legal course of action, said Praveen Keerthi, general secretary at the Indian Commercial Pilots Association, another second lobbying body of Air India pilots.
18/08/17 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times