New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today asked Air India and its pilots, who are on strike for nearly two months over their demands relating to career progression, to amicably settle the issue out of court and said the airline should adopt a "parental attitude".
Justice Reva Khetrapal asked the counsel, appearing for the national carrier, as well as the pilots to inform it by tomorrow if there was any possibility to settle the dispute by the parties out of court.
"You counsel can sit together, then talk to your clients and inform the court tomorrow if there is any possibility of settlement," Justice Khetrapal said.
"We would like to see the matter settled. We want to see Air India prosper as the best airline in the world and the airline should adopt a parental attitude...," the court said.
The court was hearing an application filed through counsel Sanjiv Sahay by the Indian Pilots Guild (IGP), the pilots union, seeking a direction to the management to reinstate the sacked pilots and also revoke derecognition of their union.
Filing the application, the pilots' association said they are ready to resume their duties but the management has created a "hostile" situation forcing the pilots to go on hunger strike.
"After obtaining an ex-parte order(which restrained the pilots from continuing the strike) on 9 May, the Air India (AI) management is indulging in unfair labour practices.
The plaintiff (management) has created such a hostile situation that members of Defendant (IGP) have gone on an indefinite hunger strike," the pilots said in the plea.
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Updated Date: Dec 20, 2014 09:53:30 IST