Airlines agree on HR code to curb poaching

New Delhi, April 19 | Updated: Apr 20 2005, 05:30am hrs
After much wrangling and bad blood over poaching of pilots by competing airlines, players in the domestic aviation industry have finally arrived at an agreement to curb the practice.

Both private and state-owned airlines agreed on Tuesday to enforce a mandatory four-month notice period to be served by pilots before they can quit to join a competitor. They also agreed to maintain a broad parity in salary structure of pilots and other trained personnel to counter the poaching menace.

These decisions were taken at a meeting of all airlines convened by the civil aviation ministry to facilitate the introduction of a code of behaviour.

Briefing newspersons after the meeting, secretary in the ministry Ajay Prasad said, while the ministry is not legally bound to curb the free movement of personnel from one company to another, the boom in the aviation sector in recent times has created a situation where the operations of airlines have been disrupted due to the sudden movement of pilots and other trained personnel. The situation is bound to worsen with the entry of three-four new private airlines commencing operations in May-June this year.

While a four-month notice period has been agreed to by all the airlines , the companies have also reached an agreement to meet regularly to sort out the problems facing the aviation sector in the country, Mr Prasad said.