30/08/2015

India - New Delhi - Soon airline pilots, engineers may lose right to go on strike

29-04-2015
India - New Delhi - Soon airline pilots, engineers may lose right to go on strike

To ensure that airline pilots and engineers don’t hold passengers to ransom by proceeding on strikes and leaving travelers in the lurch, the aviation ministry has moved a proposal to remove them from the “workmen category”.

Removing their workmen status would mean that pilots and engineers cannot form trade unions or go on strikes.

“The proposal has been sent to the labour and law ministries. This would need the labour ministries’ approval as the Industrial Disputes Act would have to be amended and the definition of workmen would have to be changed to exclude pilots and engineers,” said a senior aviation ministry official.

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