Here are the top five developments:
1. Addressing a press conference on the new pay and career progression norms for employees of Air India and erstwhile Indian Airlines to ensure parity in the merged national carrier, the minister assured that pay scales of the pilots will be according to industry standards and the salaries of senior pilots would be reviewed if junior pilots have higher basic pay.
2. Air India also filed a contempt petition against the striking pilots in the Delhi High Court, with the government again terming their protest illegal and blaming the agitators for not coming to the negotiating table. Earlier, the court had held the strike illegal. On May 17, the Delhi High Court asked the striking Air India pilots to call off their agitation immediately or face contempt action. The two-judge bench also dismissed a plea by them challenging an earlier order by a single judge holding the strike illegal.
3. The Air India management has also derecognized the union, and a Mumbai High Court bench has dismissed a petition challenging that decision. "You (IPG) may have problems but first comply with the Delhi High Court order. Then you can go sort out your issues. You cannot harass the general public like this," a vacation bench of justices S J Kathawala and P D Kode said while hearing the IPG petition.
4. Singh has asked pilots to return to work and discuss the problems with the he government, and that the ministry will not victimise the pilots. “But it is not possible by creating loss or causing inconvenience to the passengers,” he has said, adding that the government will sort out all problems in three months.
5. The IPG, comprising mostly pilots that fly international routes, is protesting management's decision to let erstwhile Indian Airlines’ pilots to train on advanced Boeing 787 aircraft. It has that pilots from the erstwhile domestic carrier not be allowed to train on the wide-bodied aircraft until a comprehensive career progression policy was put in place.