Thursday, November 23, 2017

Air India Pilots' Lobby Accepts Dharmadhikari Report After 6 Years

Mumbai: After wrangling for almost six years, the pilots of the Boeing fleet of Air India have finally agreed to accept the common pay structure as recommended by the Dharmadhikari committee. The Dharmadhikari panel had submitted its report to the government way back in January 2012 which called for implementing common pay and allowances as per the norms for other public sector enterprises.

The agreement reached between Air India and the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) on the issue last month is now awaiting approval from the aviation ministry, an IPG member said today.

With this, the merger of the erstwhile Indian Airlines with Air India is almost complete now--a development comes too late for the union as the carrier is divestment-bound now.

Confirming the development, a top Air India official told PTI on Wednesday that the "merged seniority" is also being worked out and once that is done, the integration process will be complete.

The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), which represents the Airbus fleet pilots at the state-owned carrier, had long ago accepted the recommendations.
"The IPG has agreed to accept the common pay structure for the pilots in line with the DPE (department of public enterprises) guidelines. Under this, the flying allowance will be paid only in rupees and not in dollars."

"Also, the flying allowance hours have also been reduced to 70 hours per month from 80 earlier. However, the pilots will now be entitled to higher over-time fees," the source said.

Similarly, the crew layover allowances have also been slashed by over 50 per cent as the payment will now be based on "actual layover period," the source said.
22/11/17 PTI/NDTV