Over five years after the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, the airline has kicked off human resource integration and aims to complete it by the end of December. As part of the integration, around 4,000 employees from both the erstwhile carriers are being awarded performa promotions.
“As part of the performa promotions, the employees will get promotions from the date their promotions are due but the monetary benefits will not be in retrospective. Of the 4,000 employees getting promotions, 60 per cent are from the erstwhile Indian Airlines and the rest from erstwhile Air India,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official.
Post the promotions, the airline will be able to integrate 20,000 non-licenced category employees and the rest 6,000 licenced will be integrated after the Union Cabinet clears the allowances of that category.
The ministry is confident that with the integration all the issues between the employees are resolved, as these employees were kept in loop about the committee’s proceedings and around 8,000 representations were looked into during the two-month long consultations.
“Also with the minister’s strict instructions on keeping the concerns of all employees in loop and making the consultation process transparent, the minutes of the meeting on the integration issue were uploaded on the carrier’s website. This made the system transparent and the employees, who should be credited for accepting the proposals, in the loop,” said the official.
However, union representatives say that some matters are still unresolved. “Larger issue of pay fixation and promotions of the employees in the lower category has not been dealt and there are issues that need to be resolved. We have asked for appointments to put our concerns,” said Arun Kumar Malhotra, general secretary of Air Corporation Employees Unions, the largest union of the airline with 17,000 members.
The integration is being done on the recommendations of the Dharmadikari committee, which submitted its report to the civil aviation ministry in July. To implement the recommendations, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh formed an implementation and anomalies committee in October under Nasir Ali, then officer on special duty to Air India and now joint managing director of the airlines with an instruction that the integration should be possible in the earliest possible time.
As part of the recommendations, the perks of employees are according to the Department of Public Enterprise guidelines, which bars the allowances from exceeding 50 per cent of the basic pay from as high