Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), a body of erstwhile Indian Airlines (IA) pilots, has moved the Supreme Court challenging the stay granted by the Bombay high court on Air India’s proposed 1:1 policy in March.
The Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) — an association of erstwhile Air India pilots — and the Indian Commercial Pilots Association are in a dispute over the proposed 1:1 policy to be adopted by the national carrier to fill its flight crew requirements. The policy proposes an integration of pilots of the two bodies.
The court had earlier posed a query regarding a report submitted by the DM Dharmadhikari committee, which is looking into Air India’s wage issues. While granting a stay, the court had observed that it is clear that though the committee has submitted its report, the final decision on the integration of the cadre of pilots from erstwhile Air India and erstwhile Indian Airlines has not been taken.
“In our opinion, therefore, there is no reason why till the final policy decision is taken by the government, the position should be changed to the disadvantage of the petitioners (IPG),” the judges had held.
IPG had, in its petition, urged the court to restrain Air India from sending any pilots of the ICPA for training on the Boeing 787 aircrafts with a decision on the integration of seniority
and career progression of the pilots of the two associations pending.
While the Air India and ICPA are in favour of the proposal, the IPG is of the opinion that the integration could hamper the harmony of seniority between the pilots of the two associations.
The ICPA, however, feels that optimum use of pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines is in the interest of the national carrier as well as the pilots.
According to IPG lawyers, the stay has been challenged in the Supreme Court and is likely to be heard on Monday.