Conciliation proceedings underway to end Jet pilots' stir

Conciliation proceedings underway to end Jet pilots' stir

Jet Airways Executive Director Saroj K Datta (L) and CEO Hafiz Ali (2nd L) shaking hands with the two sacked pilots before a meeting with Chief Labour Commissioner, in New Delhi. PTI

The pilots and the management representatives came face to face for the first time since the stir started on Tuesday in the backdrop of a broad understanding reached by them last night through the mediation of Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam and some others.

Labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge said he was confident of a solution, which he said he is expecting "within 48 hours."
Besides Chief Labour Commissioner S K Upadhyay, the conciliation proceedings are being attended by Jet executive director Saroj Dutta, CEO Hafiz Ali and head of operation Capt Mohan.

The pilots' body National Aviators Guild (NAG) is being represented by its president Capt Girish Kaushik and Capt Sam Thomas. Kaushik has expressed confidence of a quick solution.
As per the broad understanding, all the four sacked pilots are to be reinstated and the chargesheets issued against some of the agitators will be withdrawn while the Registrar of the Trade Unions will look into the fulfilment of criteria of registration of the NAG.

On their part, the pilots will join their duties once a formal agreement is arrived at before the Chief Labour Commissioner.
Late last night, Jet chairman Naresh Goyal met Nirupam following which the broad understanding was arrived at.
The outlines of this understanding were later approved with some changes by agitating pilots in Mumbai.

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