Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Strike or bankruptcy court: Air India pilots to conduct secret voting over dues

New Delhi: The pilots of Air India will hold a secret ballot to decide whether to strike or take the cash-strapped airline to bankruptcy court to get their dues. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA, union of erstwhile Indian Airlines' pilots) on Tuesday conveyed this decision to its members.
“Inspite of several requests to clear our illegally withheld 25% dues there seems to be no intent to clear the dues immediately. We are being treated like bonded labour by not waiving off the notice period while not paying our salaries, flying allowances and International layover allowance in time. We cannot trust any verbal commitments as we had several experiences in the recent past where even written agreements have been interpreted wrongly, violated breached,” the decision conveyed by ICPA says.

“In lieu of the above, it has been decided by the (council) to conduct a secret ballot as per the constitution of ICPA to make a decision between STRIKE or NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal) to safeguard our interests,” it adds. A strike can be declared only after giving 14 days' notice to the employer.
07/01/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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