Monday, September 10, 2018

Pilots' body opposes AI's move to recover OT flying allowance

A section of Air India pilots has asked the airline's management to roll back its recent order to recover over-time flying allowance, paid to pilots of its Airbus fleet in the past two-and-half-years, and warned of "industrial action" if the demand was not accepted.
The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) made the demand in a letter to Air India (AI) chairman and managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola on Saturday.
Stating that the decision was taken without prior consultation with the pilots' body, the ICPA said the allowance is being paid per a proposal cleared by the aviation ministry in January 2016.
"The flying allowance was credited on September 7 for the July. Under instructions from the director (finance), we have been allegedly slapped with over-time recoveries paid to us for the period between January 2016 and June 2018 without ICPA consultation," the pilots body, which represents narrow-body fleet in the airline, said. "Any such decision will be illegal and we strongly object to this unlawful act of Air India." The ICPA also said that after the ministry cleared the proposal, which had the consent of the association as well, all parties concerned, including the government, later got it recorded before the Supreme Court.
10/09/18 Mumbai Mirror