Mumbai: National air-carrier Air India’s Board has decided to constitute an independent committee of experts to look into issues of pay parity and other related matters of employees of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India.

This was decided at Air India's Board meeting held here on Tuesday, the airline said in a press release.

The independent committee headed by Justice (retd) D N Dharmadhikari will include Prof R Dholakia of IIM, Ahmedabad, Rajeshwar Dayal and Syed Nasir Ali, the release said.

The committee will be based at Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi, and is expected to submit its report within five months, the release said.

An interim proposal is, however, expected to be submitted to the Civil Aviation Ministry by the committee by March 31, an Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) spokesperson said.

The committee will also give its recommendations with respect to the parameters of different productivity-linked incentive schemes applicable to the employees to bring them in line with competition and other matters relating to harmonisation.

HC restrains AI pilots’ strike

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday restrained a section of Air India pilots from going on strike on Wednesday.

The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) had on February 23 threatened a strike from March 9, if the management did not address its long-pending demands including that of pay parity with Air India pilots and other work conditions.

The strike was deferred to Wednesday but now the pilots have been restrained by a Delhi High Court order from going on a strike.

Justice Gita Mittal, in an order, directed the ICPA to adhere to their statements made before the court that they will not take the coercive step till the conciliation proceedings headed by the Chief Labour Commissioner concludes.

The order came on an urgent plea by Air India seeking a direction to the pilots that they be restrained from going on a strike.

"The defendants (pilots) shall remain bound by the statements made on their behalf on March 7 and shall ensure that statutory provisions prohibiting strikes during the pendency of the matter before the Conciliator and therefore in accordance with the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act are strictly complied with," the court said.

Seeking a response from the ICPA, Justice Mittal posted the matter on August 11 for further hearing.

Advocate Lalit Bhasin, appearing for the public carrier, said the tripartite talks with the Air India management and the Chief Labour Commissioner and the Pilots' Association were going on.

The Pilots' Association had made a statement before the court that they would not go on strike during the pendency of the conciliation proceedings and even seven days after of the outcome of the tripartite talks.