Saturday, June 24, 2017

Clear our dues before stake sale: Air India pilots to govt

Mumbai: Air India pilots are not opposing privatisation but want their salary dues of Rs 400 crore cleared before government initiates further steps on stake sale.

"We are not averse to privatisation per se. Our only concerns are that the airline should be sold at a fair value and our pending dues be cleared before the sale," said a senior captain from the airline who did not wish to be named.

Both unions — Indian Pilots Guild and Indian Commercial Pilots Association — have taken the similar position with respect to privatisation. However, the other seven employee unions have warned the government of large-scale protests if a proposal from NITI Aayog to privatise the national carrier is approved.

In January 2013, the Air India management cut staff salaries by 25 per cent on an ad hoc basis amid worsening financial conditions. The salary cut was undertaken before the implementation of the Dharmadhikari Committee report and employee unions' challenged the salary cut as it was done without a notice. The matter is now pending before the Supreme Court.
24/06/17 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard