Air India staff to soon get promotion letters

Nov 28 2013, 08:24 IST
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The promotions of 2,100 employees, to begin in December, is going to include cabin crew and all other categories. (AP) The promotions of 2,100 employees, to begin in December, is going to include cabin crew and all other categories. (AP)
SummaryPromotions of many employees were pending since 2007.

About 2,100 Air India employees across all categories are set to get their promotion letters soon. The national carrier has decided to start the process of promoting employees from next month.

With these promotions, the airline will conclude pending promotions to employees which are due since the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines in 2007.

"The promotions of 2,100 employees, to begin in December, is going to include cabin crew and all other categories," said a senior Air India official.

The carrier currently has over 13,000 employees on its rolls.

He added that the airline had already promoted 847 people in January and 1,357 people between August and October this year.

The Dharmadhikari committee, formed to look into the issue of rationalisation of staff in the merged entity, had also suggested that it should begin with the promotions.

Meanwhile, Air India is working on a new uniform promotion policy for the merged entity. The carrier does not have any uniform policy, and questions in the appraisal forms circulated also are not in line with government-approved guidelines.

"The current questions in the appraisal form consists of basic queries like the personality of the employee, inter-personal skills and response under stress and others. We plan to make it more target oriented in terms of an employees' achievements. We have initiated the process and also got the budget sanctioned for it," said the official.

In another development, the airline has cut down the number of positions of executive director from 43 to 19, general managers from 107 to 54 and deputy general managers from 143 to 112.

With these measures, the airline aims at bringing down its work force to 9,500 by 2015-16.

The national carrier has also initiated the process of rationalising the number of recognised unions.

The airline has 15 recognised unions (eight from erstwhile Air India and seven from erstwhile Indian Airlines) and the target is to bring it down to as low as two.

Taking off

* The promotions of 2,100 people will begin in December across sections of employees including cabin crew

* Promotion of employees were due since the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines in 2007

* Air India has already promoted 847 people in January and 1,357 between August and October

* The airline has also cut down the number of positions of executive directors from 43 to 19, general managers from 107 to 54 and deputy general managers from 143 to 112.

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