Saturday, September 19, 2015

Air India seeks DGCA action against erring pilots

Air India has written to aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for taking action against nearly 20 B787 pilots for leaving without serving the mandatory six months' notice.

In a major blow to the state-owned airline, these pilots had sought to quit following a face-off with the AI management over removing them from workmen category. While the airline maintained it only acted on a labour ministry notification that excluded commanders from workmen category, pilots refused to buy this. Exclusion from workmen category effectively bars commanders from being part of any union and they cannot go on a strike.

“The situation is definitely tight (due to pilot quitting). We have written to DGCA as they have gone without notice. They earlier had in some cases taken action and pilots had to join back,” an airline official said.
17/09/15 Nirbhay Kumar/
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