Mumbai: The National Aviators Guild (NAG), a newly formed pilots’ union at Jet Airways (India) Ltd, on Monday withdrew its call for an indefinite strike, saying it was pursuing talks with management to get two sacked pilots reinstated. The strike was to have started at midnight Monday.
“Considering (that) the conciliation meeting is progressing between union and airline management, we have decided to call off the strike for the time being,” NAG president Girish Kaushik told Mint.
Seeking solutions: Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal is said to meet union representatives soon. Rajkumar / Mint
Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal had agreed to meet the union’s representatives in the next two or three days, he said, adding that the union was “trying to reach an amicable solution to this matter”.
Earlier, the office of the labour commissioner had warned that the union, which was formed in July, could face legal action if it went ahead with the strike while conciliation talks were under way with the airline management.
A Jet Airways spokesperson said the airline was looking forward to conciliation proceedings that will resume on 14 September.
Jet Airways, the country’s largest carrier by market value, along with its low-fare unit JetLite (India) Ltd, has at least 1,300 pilots flying a combined fleet of 107 aircraft and operating at least 449 flights daily.
On 27 August, the office of the deputy labour commissioner (central), under the ministry of labour and employment, said a pilots’ union at Jet Airways could not strike work as air transport is a public utility service.
On 23 August, NAG said it had served notice to Jet Airways management that its members would go on an indefinite strike beginning midnight of 7 September to demand the reinstatement of two pilots fired earlier in August. The union said the pilots were fired by the airline for their role in forming NAG.
Jet Airways shares rose 1.09% on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange to close at Rs255.25. The benchmark index Sensex rose 2.09% to close at 16,016.32, the highest in at least 15 months.