Air India clears pending promotions

Written by Shaheen Mansuri | Mumbai, Aug 28 | Updated: Aug 29 2007, 05:32am hrs
To quell discontent among its cabin crew, Air India has promoted over 400 members of the staff. This comes close on the heels of its merger with Indian Airlines The promotions were pending for the past four years and had been the source of discord between the company and the staff unions. The move also comes days after a prominent trade union had presented a fresh memorandum to the AI management, demanding the promotions.

In this connection, V Thulasidas, CMD, Air India, said, We have taken up the issue on merit, and once the cabin crew gains the experience of working in three different types of aircraft, they will be confirmed.

VA Ferreira, executive director, HRD and in-flight service of AI told FE, Over 400 junior cabin crew personnel have been promoted to the status of cabin crew staff. But, members of the Cabin Crew Association of the company added they did not have any opportunity earlier to work in three different kinds of aircraft despite repeated reminders to higher executives.

According to the rules set by AI, junior cabin crew staff should work two months each in three different models of aircraft, like A310, B777 and B747 before they can be promoted to the status of cabin crew within six months of their joining the organisation. Since 2003, we have been complaining, but none of the officials took note of it, until recently, says a crew member.

An AI executive said the airline did not want any kind of human resources issues to queer the pitch while integrating the manpower of both the airlines.