AI pilots defer their strike till March 15
AI pilots had threatened to go on strike from Wednesday demanding pay parity.
New Delhi: A section of Air India pilots, who threatened to go on strike from Wednesday demanding pay parity and better working conditions, on Tuesday night deferred their agitation till March 15 following tripartite talks with the carrier's management and Chief Labour Commissioner here.
"Following assurances from Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi and Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi that they would ask Air India management to look into the issues, we have decided to defer the strike till March 15," said Rishabh Kapoor, General Secretary of Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) said.
Kapoor made the announcement after a marathon ten-hour meeting between the ICPA, Air India management and Chief Labour Commissioner as part of an attempt at conciliation on Tuesday evening.
The ICPA, which represents around 800 pilots of erstwhile Indian Airlines, had served a 14-day strike notice, under Section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act to airline CMD Arvind Jadhav, charging the management with having failed to
address their grievances and violated agreements on issues like pay parity and better working conditions.