Air India Pilots Warn Of 'Unprecedented Flare-Up' If Salaries Changed

Air India has proposed a 60 per cent wage reduce for pilots amid the coronavirus Pandemic (File)

New Delhi:

Any unilateral change by Air India within the salaries of pilots could be unlawful and has the potential to flare-up to a scenario of “unprecedented magnitude”, mentioned the ICPA, one of many airline’s pilot unions, on Monday.

In a letter to Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal, the ICPA mentioned, “Within the press convention by Honourable Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri dated 16th July 2020, you had acknowledged “we’re in negotiation with the pilots”, which is way from actuality.”

“It was not a negotiation, however the “diktat” of the MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) which was conveyed to us. We might additionally like to put on report that the so-called negotiation was “not harmonious” in any side,” the Indian Business Pilots’ Affiliation (ICPA) famous.

Air India has proposed a 60 per cent wage reduce for pilots amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has contaminated 55 of its cockpit crew members, the ICPA and the Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) had mentioned of their joint letter to Bansal final week.

“The proposed reduce for pilots is sort of 60 per cent of gross emoluments. It’s hilarious to notice that the highest administration has proposed a meagre 3.5 per cent reduce by itself gross wage,” the joint letter had mentioned.

“Any unilateral change by Air India from agreed upon wage settlement could be unlawful and won’t be within the curiosity of our nationwide service at this significant juncture. Such a scenario has the potential to flare-up to an unprecedented magnitude,” the ICPA acknowledged in its letter to Bansal on Sunday.

In the meantime, Air India issued an inner order on July 14 asking its departmental heads and regional administrators to establish staff, primarily based on varied components like effectivity, well being and redundancy, who shall be despatched on obligatory depart with out pay (LWP) for as much as 5 years. Furthermore, it mentioned staff can voluntarily go for the LWP scheme too.

Fairness infusion of Rs 500-600 crore yearly will not be sustainable and cost-cutting in Air India is critical, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had mentioned on July 16, justifying the nationwide service’s resolution to ship sure staff on depart with out pay for as much as 5 years.

Air India had mentioned on July 17 that its monetary scenario may be very difficult because of the coronavirus pandemic and its depart with out pay scheme for workers is a “win-win” for them in addition to the administration.

The aviation sector has been considerably impacted because of the journey restrictions imposed in India and different international locations in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. All airways in India have taken cost-cutting measures reminiscent of pay cuts, LWP and firings of staff in an effort to preserve money move.

Air India has a debt of round Rs 70,000 crore and the federal government began the method to promote it to a personal entity in January this 12 months. The nationwide service’s web loss in 2018-19 was round Rs 8,500 crore.

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