Jet pilots to come under legal scanner for Sep 7 strike

Written by fe Bureaus | Mumbai | Updated: Aug 29 2009, 05:06am hrs
Around 650 pilots affiliated to National Aviators Guild (NAG) will come under legal obligation if they strike work from September 7, said private carrier Jet Airways.

The carrier had two weeks ago sacked two of its senior commanders for being instrumental in forming NAG, said informed sources.

To register their protest against unceremonious dismissal of their colleagues, the newly formed union plans to go on a strike from September 7 if the airline fails to re-instate the two senior commanders.

Jet has said it received a communication from the regional labour commissioner (central) stating that the newly constituted National Aviators Guild (NAG) is under legal obligation not to proceed on strike when the conciliation proceedings are in process under Sections 21(1) and 22(2) of the Industrial Disputes Act of 1947.

The pilots who had given a notice of strike to Jet on August 23 was taken up by the management for conciliation by the regional labour commissioner.

Meanwhile, the letter from the regional labour commissioner also emphasises that since Jet Airways is a public utility service, any contravention of the Act will attract legal action.