New Delhi, June 2 The government said a uniform employees pay and allowances structure and other working conditions for successful integration of the erstwhile Indian airlines with Air India would start in 45 days.
Unveiling the Justice C.S. Dharmadhikari Committee report that had addressed the contentious human resource issues in the merged entity, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh promised employees of the erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines parity in pay scales and working hours, saying “this (employees’ integration) is necessary if merger (in Air India) has to succeed, if Air India has to survive”.
Although Air India and Indian Airlines were merged five years ago, there was hardly any integration of the two airlines’ cadres.
Friday’s announcement generated hopes that the 25-day-old pilots’ strike that has crippled international operations of Air India will end soon.
The members of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), representing aviators of the erstwhile Air India, have been on strike since May 8 protesting the move to train their counterparts from Indian Airlines on the soon-to-be-inducted Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Singh again asked the agitating pilots to resume work before any negotiations are held.
On the promotions front, the Dharmadhikari Committee has recommended the constitution of departmental promotion committees (DPCs) to ensure that this is done in a fair and comprehensive manner.
Each DPC will have a fair representation from Air India and Indian Airlines and would also include an outside expert. The DPCs will have 45 days to consult the employees and recommend the procedure through which seniority of rank will be maintained.
“They (committees) will consult all the unions, will take opinion of employees and then look at the best suited procedure for promotions,” Singh told .
“We have been upfront in examining the suggestions of Dharmadhikari committee and now we have finally put it in front of the employees.”
The promotions were frozen in 2011 following constitution of the Dharmadhikari Committee.