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About Us

The Indian Pilots’ Guild is a professional registered trade union consisting of Air India pilots across all fleets who man the domestic, long haul and ultra long-haul flights. With decades of technically sound collective experience, our endeavour is to promote flight safety and professionalism amongst our members. We represent over 350 pilots. The association holds one of the largest collective resource of commercial pilot qualification and experience in the country.

In the early days IPG dealt with the airline on matters of common interests, mainly the “lifestyle” items of salary, working conditions, pension and seniority. We are now together in response to the changing aviation environment of the time and the need to enhance the industrial position of Air India pilots.

IPG as a progressive union is committed towards higher productivity and increased profits, lower employee turnover, improved and efficient workplace practices, enhanced communication and an agile workforce.

When required, we protect the welfare of the pilot community through effective representation and collective bargaining ensuring that unionism becomes a positive force to reap the benefits and bring our synergies together with the organization.

Our Constitution allows any Indian CPL / ATPL license holder who is employed as a pilot with any airline registered within India to join us.

What We Do

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IPG provides a mechanism for dialogue between pilots and employers, that helps build trust and commitment among the workforce and ensures that problems can be identified and resolved timely and fairly by giving employees a voice and supporting them when they need.

IPG is committed towards fighting discrimination and helps to promote equitable opportunities at work. Union representatives are well placed to identify incidences of discrimination, and they work with employers to ensure that anti-discrimination policies are properly implemented. The Union offers a single point of contact and communication with the workforce resolving multiple employee disputes and litigations that leads to improving staff retention, reducing absenteeism, and increasing productivity as well as reducing management time spent addressing grievances. 

IPG continues to be a guardian of seniority ensuring that line seniority is followed whenever a pilot is offered an upgrade, promotion, mergers and aircraft type transition in a fair and justified manner.

Predominantly consisting of wide body pilots engaged in long haul and ultra-long-haul operations, the IPG involves an active technical team to monitor and raise issues that contribute towards enhancement of flight safety. Through our members we have access to real time and unadulterated feedback from the grassroot level on important safety matters viz:

  • Training
  • FOQA trends
  • Crew Fatigue monitoring and reporting
  • Special operations (Polar, Ultra Long Haul, Evacuation flights, Cargo Operations, Flights of national importance)
  • Changes in operational environment and line-operations safety
  • Technical documentation and safety circulars

It also provides recommendations to enhance safety at the workplace and ensures that the company’s corporate safety policy is followed at all times. ALPA (Airline Pilots Association), that has had a major role in establishing worldwide safety norms for the use of current and future technological advancements in aviation, is a relevant example of how pilot communities can contribute to safety in civil aviation and play their part in saving insurance costs, enhance product quality and brand reputation.

IPG is committed to build high-trust workplaces with strong and authentic values, where two-way promises and commitments between employers and employees are understood and fulfilled. This ensures streamlined processes, improved employee mental health, and a better skilled and committed workforce. The Guild also helps enhance productivity during periods of innovation/incubation/change-management. Collective bargaining arrangements provide an important means of consulting with workers over any change proposed and reducing the chances of staff resistance. Moreover, the union plays a major role in fuel cost savings and cost optimization initiatives of the airline.

“In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence.”

Jamshedji Tata 

Unions and Local Communities have a symbiotic relationship. As a union, we have members on the ground making connections and participating in community service projects. The pandemic was one such event where the union undertook various initiatives to provide help by being the one point of contact for the many internal departments in the company and by providing financial assistance through voluntary contributions to the families of member and non-member pilots (deceased) affected by COVID.

IPG Vision

IPG is committed towards empowering Pilots and their families with social justice, equality, solidarity and upholding the dignity of labor. Acting as a collective voice IPG seeks to promote the benefits of representation to the pilot community by ensuring a safe work environment, flight safety and higher productivity with increased profits for the organization. IPG is a strong, forceful advocate of the airline piloting profession, through all forms of media, and with the public at large; and continues to be the guardian of rights and privileges of the member pilots of the Guild.

Our History

The Indian Pilots’ Guild was formed in Mumbai with the blessings of the legendary Mr. J R D Tata, the Father of Indian Aviation and was registered on the 13th of March 1948 as a Trade Union under the Indian Trade Union Act of 1926. The word “Guild” was included as it is a common name for a body of skilled professionals. The founders of the IPG were a group of ex – Royal Indian Air Force fighter pilots. The IPG had no office then and informal meetings were held in the crew room, adjacent to Flight Dispatch, that was situated in the Departure Terminal of the Old Airport at Kalina, Bombay. International flights departed from a small building next to what later became the Air India Medical Centre. Crew meant for standby duties had to wait in the Crew Room in full uniform, often for twelve hours at a stretch with just a small ceiling fan to keep them cool in the peak of summer. For many years since its inception, the members of the IPG worked for the airline at the same modest salaries. In fact, it was even considered ungentlemanly in those days to ask for a raise even though Mr. JRD Tata was known to be a kind and generous soul. However, unable to stretch their purse strings any further, some IPG members finally reminded JRD Tata that he had not given them a wage increase in years. “Why should I?” came his famous reply, “You never asked for it!” And so, the first Wage Memorandum dated 24th May 1959, was drafted.

On the basis of this Memorandum the first Agreement between Air India International and the Indian Pilot Guild came into force effective 1st January 1960.

Even though the relationship between the management and the guild has had a checkered history, in this new era, we are hopeful to revive, and to redefine, our role as “sword of justice”. Our collective voices and combined efforts have the power to create a culture that engages, energizes and enlightens our resources to become partners in the unprecedented growth story of the organization.

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Historical Timeline

1948

Foundation

The Indian Pilots’ Guild was formed in Mumbai with the blessings of the legendary Mr. J R D Tata, and was registered on the 13th of March 1948

1953

Air Corporations Act

In 1953, the Government of India passed the Air Corporations Act and purchased a majority stake in the carrier from Tata Sons though its founder J. R. D. Tata[23][24] would continue as Chairman till 1977. The company was renamed as Air India International Limited and the domestic services were transferred to Indian Airlines as a part of a restructuring. On 8 October 2021, Air India, along with its low cost carrier Air India Express and fifty percent of AISATS, a ground handling company, were sold for ₹18,000 crore (US$2.3 billion) to Talace Private Limited, a Tata Sons' SPV. On 27 January 2022, the airline was officially handed over to Tata Group.

1959

First Wage Memorandum

For many years since its inception, the members of the IPG worked for the airline for the same modest salaries. In fact, it was even considered ungentlemanly in those days to ask for a raise even though Mr. JRD Tata was known to be a kind and generous soul. However, unable to stretch their purse strings any further, some IPG members finally reminded JRD Tata that he had not given them a wage increase in years. "Why should I?" came his famous reply. "You never asked for it!" And so, the first Wage Memorandum dated 24th May 1959, was drafted.

1960

First Agreement

On the basis of this Memorandum the first Agreement between Air India International and the Indian Pilot Guild came into force effective 1st January 1960.

2021

Re-privatisation

On the basis of this Memorandum the first Agreement between Air India International and the Indian Pilot Guild came into force effective 1st January 1960.

Meet Our Team Members

  • Capt. Amol Gautam


    President

  • Capt. Rustom Vajifdar


    Vice President

  • Capt. Sunil Kanojiya


    Vice President

  • Capt. Vijayanand Bagve


    General Secretary

  • Capt. Madhu S. K. Narain


    Joint Secretary

  • Capt. Vikas Narain Tripathi


    Joint Secretary

  • Capt. Maddula Somesh Babu


    Treasurer

  • Capt. Atri Ameya


    Committee Member

  • Capt. Drolia Sumit


    Committee Member

  • Capt. Rohit Suri


    Committee Member

  • Capt. Vishal Digambar Jawale


    Committee Member

FAQs

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(a) To organize and unite the persons employed in India as pilots and to promote the interests of the profession and to safeguard the rights, individually and collectively, of the members of the Guild, and to regulate their relations with their employers and the Director General of Civil Aviation in India or any other Regulatory Authority in future.

(b) To defend, secure and promote in particular the rights, benefits, interests and privileges of the members of the Guild.

(c) To secure to the members fair conditions of life and service and to prevent any reduction in salaries and emoluments.

(d) To establish and exercise the right of collective bargaining for the purposes of making and maintaining employment agreements covering any service conditions of the pilots, including but not restricted to rates of pay, allowances, privileges, benefits, hours of employment, uniform principles of seniority for members and their career progression.

(e) To endeavor to promptly facilitate and settle disputes and redress members’ grievances which may arise.

(f) To constitute a body of experienced airmen who will be available to act, or who may be appointed by the Managing Committee to act, as members of or to hold seats on or to give evidence before Courts of Enquiry, Committees or Boards of any description whatsoever, or governing, examining or other bodies official or otherwise, and who will be available for advice or consultation on all questions relating to Air Transport or to commercial, scientific, educational or technical matters connected therewith.

Any person who has reached the age of majority, who is a holder of a commercial pilot’s licence and is employed on a permanent basis as a pilot with an employer/company registered in India and who is not an Executive Officer shall be eligible to be an Ordinary Member in the Guild.

All other Indian Pilots holding commercial pilot’s licence who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Ordinary Membership, shall be eligible to become Associate Members.

Persons who are not eligible to become Ordinary Members or Associate Members may be admitted as Honorary Members of the Guild. Honorary Members may be elected or co-opted to the Managing Committee and they shall be Honorary Members of the Guild during the period of their office, subject to the provisions of Section 22 of the Trade Unions Act, 1926; their number shall not exceed three. Such membership may be rescinded in the same manner as they are granted.

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