Friday, May 08, 2020

Provide financial support to Air India to clear wage backlog: pilot unions to govt.

Air India’s pilot unions IPG and ICPA has urged Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to “urgently” provide financial support to the national carrier amid private airlines’ cry for a bailout package in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The Air India management has not taken paying wages on time seriously for a long time, but as of today, we have a wage backlog of three months, having not been paid full wages since February,” the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) and Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) said on May 7 in a joint communication to Mr. Puri, adding, “This is well before the coronavirus crisis began so reduced cash flow cannot be used as an excuse. Even our basic salary, which is a fraction of our wages, is not released on time.”
“The management has completely given up saying there is no money and has no plans on when and how they can pay our wages without Government support,” the joint statement said.

Stating that without urgent government financial support and with an “indifferent management” the backlog of wages will continue to grow, the unions said “this situation is simply not sustainable for the national carrier.”

“Denial of basic resources for taking care of our families and those depending on us is inexorably leading us to a breaking point.”
08/05/20 PTI/The Hindu
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