The Delhi High Court on Tuesday restrained the Indian Commercial Pilots Association, which had threatened to call-off work from tomorrow demanding higher pay and better working conditions.
Justice Gita Mittal said that the pilots should abide by the assurance given to the court that they will not resort to the coercive steps till the conciliation proceedings headed by the Chief Labour Commissioner conclude. The order came on an urgent plea by Air India seeking to restrain the pilots from going on strike.
The court said, “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.”
Advocate Lalit Bhasin, appearing for the public carrier, said tripartite talks with the Air India management and Chief Labour Commissioner and the Pilots’ Association were on.
The association had made a statement before the court that they won’t go on strike during the pendency of the conciliation proceedings and seven days after the outcome of the talks.