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Pilots drag DGCA to court on notice period issue; call it forced labour

Move follows DGCA's proposal to raise notice period from six months to a year

Aneesh Phadnis  |  Mumbai 

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Under current norms are required to give six months notice before changing an airline, proposed to change it to 1 year. Photo: Shutterstock
Pilots’ unions have moved the against the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA’s) draft proposal to increase notice period, from six months to a year.

The petition, filed jointly by Indian Guild and Aviators Guild, was mentioned in the court on Tuesday and will come for hearing next Tuesday.

The legal action comes within days of a spat between and the civil aviation regulator over the issue.

Under current norms are required to give six months notice before changing an airline. The regulator has proposed to increase this term to a year.

In the petition, the unions have pointed out that the required to be given by is a contractual issue between them and the airline, and claimed that rules do not empower the to revoke a licence of a pilot for non-compliance of

The unions have said that even with six months notice, it is “exceptionally difficult for to obtain fresh employment”, as other airlines are not willing to wait for such a long period and that extension from six months to a year is unreasonable and unjust. “With a one-year it will be virtually impossible for a pilot to leave one employment and join another and will be tantamount to forced labour,” the petition said.

have claimed that the move has been initiated by the at the behest of airlines which want to cut wage bills and maximise profits. The want the court to restrain the regulator from finalising the proposal.

Joint Director General of Lalit Gupta told media last week “It is a draft proposal which has been issued for public comments with the approval of the civil aviation ministry. “ I have no vested interest in that proposal,” Gupta said.DGCA

First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 02:34 IST