New Delhi: Air India’s pilot union has deferred their planned strike from Wednesday to 15 March after talks with the chief labour commissioner and aviation minister Vayalar Ravi.
A section of Air India pilots, belonging to the erstwhile Indian Airlines, were slated to strike work from 9 March if talks with the chief labour commissioner (CLC) and Air India management fail.
“The strike (has been) deferred by a few days to the 15 March due to ministers appeal and the management now looking seriously to address our issues due to the honorable minister’s intervention,” Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), Air India’s warring union, said in a statement released late night on Tuesday after talks with CLC.
Aviation minister Vayalar Ravi had asked Air India pilots’ union to call off their strike and announced the setting up of a three-member committee to look into their grievances related to wage parity at the flag carrier.
“I appeal to them as the minister to withdraw the strike,” Ravi had said late on Monday after an hour-long meeting with ICPA.
He had given the union a patient hearing and has asked aviation secretary Nasim Zaidi and Air India management to resolve some of the issues highlighted by ICPA.
ICPA represents about 800 pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines and had served the strike notice under Section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act over wage parity within the company among other issues.