HC restrains AI pilots from observing strike over better pay

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday restrained a section of Air India pilots from going on strike on Wednesday to press their demand for higher pay and better working conditions.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday
restrained a section of Air India pilots from going on strike
tomorrow to press their demand for higher pay and better
working conditions.

Justice Gita Mittal, in an order, directed the Indian
Commercial Pilots Association to adhere to their statements
made before the court that they will not take the coercive
step till the conciliation proceedings headed by the Chief
Labour Commissioner concludes.

The order came on an urgent plea by Air India seeking
a direction to the pilots that they be restrained from going
on a strike.

"The defendants (pilots) shall remain bound by the
statements made on their behalf on March 7 and shall ensure
that statutory provisions prohibiting strikes during the
pendency of the matter before the Conciliator and therefore
in accordance with the provisions of the Industrial Disputes
Act are strictly complied with," the court said.

Seeking a response from the Pilots` Association, Justice
Mittal posted the matter on August 11 for further hearing.

Advocate Lalit Bhasin, appearing for the public carrier,
said the tripartite talks with the Air India management and
the Chief Labour Commissioner and the Pilots` Association
were going on.

The Pilots` Association had made a statement before the
court that they would not go on strike during the pendency of
the conciliation proceedings and even seven days after of
the outcome of the tripartite talks.

Air India pilots, who had threatened to go on strike
on March 7, later deferred their agitation till today
following the tripartite talks with the management and Chief
Labour Commissioner.

As the deadline ended today, the Air India management
moved the High Court to avoid the proposed strike of the
Indian Commercial Pilots` Association (ICPA).

Earlier, the ICPA, Air India management and the Chief
Labour Commissioner had started the conciliation proceedings.

PTI

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