ISLAMABAD - Senator Talha Mahmood, Chairman Senate's Standing Committee on Cabinet, on Friday brokered a deal between PIA management and PALPA which seeks a new working agreement to be negotiated between the two parties within four weeks.
Sources privy to the development said that both sides have also agreed to abide by the existing working agreement 2011-2013 until finalisation of the new agreement.
As per the 10-points deal , all the provisions of the draft new working agreement will be renegotiated and reconsidered by both sides and Director Flight Operations(DFO) will send an inventory of all the clauses to PALPA by October 13 which PIAC management seeks to renegotiate. Both sides will endeavour to finalise the new working agreement within four weeks, and thereafter, PIAC management will seek the approval from its Board of Directors.
PALPA will give in writing to Senator Talha Mahmood about ascertaining the seniority of three First Officers and both sides agreed to maintain status quo until the Chairman Standing Committee issues his decision about the issue.
PALPA will also provide to Civil Aviation Authority and PIAC a detailed list of specific cases that are alleged to be of concern to PALPA . However sub-judice matters will only be dealt with by the courts until these matters are unconditionally and irrevocably withdrawn by the aggrieved parties.
It was agreed that a detailed report/ reservation will be provided by PALPA to the Chairman PIAC to address the anomalies in the Aviation Policy vis-à-vis interest of the national flag career. Both sides agreed that a committee will be formed to investigate the losses in the airline and put forward recommendations to improve the working of the airline and a PALPA representative will be part of this committee.
It was also agreed that Chairman PIAC will get board approval to bear the burden of atleast one set of air tickets for the pilots.
And finally it was agreed that PIAC management will consider until October 15, 2015 the applications for leave without pay of pilots proceeding on self-secondment. However, a favourable decision will be made in the case of applicant if such applicant provides an executed copy of a valid letter from the airline with whom such applicant intends to obtain secondment.
During the course of the meeting, the Chairman of the Committee Senator Talha Mahmood took serious notice regarding derogatory language used by Capt Omar Nazir in his letter to IFALPA about the actions of Civil Aviation Authority and sought immediate withdrawal of the letter in question and obtained a written apology from Capt Omar Nazir to the Director General Civil Aviation Authority.
Earlier in the day, Senator Talha Mahmood informed the Upper House that after the issue between PIA administration and PALPA has been resolved, PIA flights are now being operated normally.
Speaking on a point, Senator Talha Mahmood told the House that the issue was resolved with the intervention of Senate's Standing Committee on Cabinet.
He said the problem was not big but it was complicated.
He said PIA suffered a loss of millions of rupees and passengers faced difficulties due to delay and cancellation of flights.