Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Air India pilot bodies seek meeting with civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on privatisation; govt to call bids for sale next month

Mumbai: Flag carrier Air India's pilot bodies—IPG and ICPA—on Tuesday sought an appointment with civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri for clarity on the proposed disinvestment amid the government preparing to exit from the airline business.

The government for long has been trying to sell debt-ridden airline but could not attract bidders. It has now again decided to call bids for sale next month.

The pilot bodies, in communication to Puri, said that the airline management appraised it of the status of disinvestment during a recent meeting but it did not provide any clarity on pending issues or provide any roadmap with regards to the future of employees as a result of this disinvestment process.

Earlier this month, as many as 13 Air India unions including its pilots unions, Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) and Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), had discussions with the airline top management on the issue of privatisation.

"We, the Air India employees have a big stake in the success and prosperity of our airline. We request you to kindly grant us an urgent appointment for a meeting at your convenience so that we can have clarity on the mechanics of the disinvestment process and communicate employees issues/concerns as well as the ground reality to you directly," the pilot bodies said in a joint letter to the aviation minister.
30/10/19 PTI/First Post
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