Government to talk to `recognised' Air India unions

The civil aviation ministry has convened a meeting of all recognised trade unions of Air India next week to discuss their grievances, including promotions and pay scales, even as the pilots' strike entered the 10th day today.

''I am calling a meeting of all the recognised trade unions of Air India next week to discuss the career progression issues, including promotions also,'' civil aviation minister Ajit Singh told reporters in New Delhi today.

The talks are aimed at garnering employee support for the implementation of the post-merger integration erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines.

The employees resent the plan as it adversely affects the salary structure and their career progression.

The meeting is expected to discuss the recommendations of the Dharmadhikari Committee, which has suggested several measures on employee integration issues in post-merger Air India.

The Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), which has been de-recognised by the airline over the stir, is unlikely to be part of the discussion as only ''recognised'' unions are being invited.