Air India Pilots Threaten Industrial Action From December 1
Air India pilots want what they call an ‘illegal pay cut of 55%’ and the issues of airline’s divestment to be addressed within three days.
- There are about 1000 pilots in two unions, and any industrial action could disrupt the aviation sector.
- The last time the pilots received the full salary was in March 2020.
- Tata Group has emerged as the top bidder for the full ownership of Air India.
In a letter to former Air India Chairman and Managing Director and current Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) and Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) warned “industrial action” from December 1, if the issues of ‘illegal pay-cut of 55%’ and other ‘disinvestment issues’ are not addressed within three days by Air India. Typically, industrial action could mean an indefinite strike or strictly going by the rule book on timing and guidelines. There are about 1000 pilots in two unions, and any industrial action could disrupt the domestic and international aviation operations. “With the resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services to/ from India from December 15, 2021, and all airlines rolling back the COVID cut, If we do not see the issues related to an illegal pay cut of 55% and the plethora of longstanding disinvestment issues addressed within three days we will have no choice but to seek justice through ‘Industrial Action,” the letter stated. The pilots of ICPA operate Air India’s Airbus A320 aircraft, and IPG represents the pilots who fly Air India’s Boeing 777 and Boeing 787.
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