The Delhi High Court has requested Air India to think about paying a minimum of one month’s wage to its pilots, engaged on contractual foundation, whose companies have been suspended in April and later terminated in August, saying that staff can’t be left to hold excessive and dry.
Justice Navin Chawla requested the counsel for nationwide provider Air India to take directions on paying one month’s wage to the contractual pilots, who quantity round 61. The companies of those pilots have been terminated in August.
The courtroom additionally requested the airline to listen to out the grievances of the pilots, who have been engaged on contract after they superannuated, and to see whether or not one thing, like a “golden handshake”, may be completed for them.
With the strategies, the courtroom listed the matter for listening to on December 16.
The courtroom was listening to two pleas moved on behalf of the terminated contractual pilots who’ve sought quashing of the April 2 order suspending their companies and the next order of August 7 by which they have been all terminated.
The pilots, represented by advocates Lalit Bhardwaj, Krishan Gopal and Jatin Anand Dwivedi, have sought a path to AI to revive their contractual engagements or pay them salaries together with flying allowances with impact from April 1 until their licenses are restored to present rankings.
Air India, defending its resolution, advised the courtroom that after lockdown 90 per cent of its common pilots are sitting at house as most of its fleet has been grounded and added that it was struggling large losses of Rs 1,300 crore every month.
It additionally mentioned that contractual obligations can’t be sought to be enforced by means of a writ petition and a civil go well with needs to be filed.
The courtroom, throughout the listening to, requested the airline why it didn’t terminate the pilots in April itself if it couldn’t afford to make use of any extra pilots after the lockdown.
The airline mentioned it was undecided how lengthy the flying operations could be affected and subsequently, had not terminated their companies.
The courtroom mentioned it understands the issues being confronted by the airline within the prevailing extraordinary state of affairs, “but we cannot also let the employees be left to hang high and dry”.
“Give them at least one month’s salary,” it added.
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