by Tahir Amin
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Internal Airlines (PIA) and Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) on Thursday night reached consensus and finalised a draft agreement to resolve the outstanding issues between the management and association.
The eight-hour-long talks between PIA management and pilots’ association held Thursday. It was attended, among others, Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Shujat Azeem, Secretary Aviation Mohammad Ali Gardezi, Chairman PIA and PALPA representatives participated.
All the outstanding issues were discussed and the management has reportedly agreed on the implementation of a working agreement. Further, the Palpa has withdrawn its demand of removal of Director Flight Operation (DFO). However, the issue regarding medical board remained unresolved as the management took the stance that it was the decision of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
A committee comprising representatives from PIA, CA and PALPA has been constituted which would resolve the matter regarding pilots’ seniority in a given deadline. Sources said the show cause/legal notices issued to pilots may be withdrawn.
The draft agreement would be presented before the Senate standing committee on Cabinet Secretariat on Friday (today). Palpa on Wednesday announced a conditional suspension to their protest strike for two-days on the intervention of a parliamentary panel. PIA Chairman Nasser Jaffer said that talks concluded in a pleasant way and all the outstanding issues have been resolved.
A draft agreement had been finalised. It will be presented before the committee on Friday, according to him.
Source: Business Recorder