Thursday, June 04, 2020

Don’t make us feel like ‘used tissue paper’, unpaid Air India pilots tell airline

New Delhi: Don’t treat us like “used tissue paper”. “Corona warrior” Air India pilots had this to say to their management on Thursday after a meeting held to discuss their pay dues ended inconclusively. Flying allowance comprises 70% of crew’s total pay and AI pilots are yet to get the same for March, April and May apart from the basic of May. The unions will meet AI chairman and managing director (CMD) Rajiv Bansal again on Friday to find a solution to their financial woes arising out of non-payment of wages.
After Thursday’s meeting, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association issued a note to all its members saying: “ CMD briefed us on the precarious financial condition of Air India due to the prevailing pandemic…. We are made to understand that the ministry of civil aviation had asked AI management to offer pay on actual flying hours to pilots. This was outright rejected (by pilots). We requested the management to impress upon the ministry not to let down the COVID warriors after serving the nation during the dangerous phase of pandemic, and not to let us feel like a used tissue paper.”
“We expressed the hardships faced by the pilots while operating Vande Bharath mission under the present circumstances of Covid-19 which is physically and psychologically challenging, especially at a time when many of our pilots are testing laboratory Covid-19 positive with symptoms. We also demanded the March Flying allowance to be cleared immediately along with dispensation to handful of our pilots who couldn’t genuinely satisfy the clause as per the agreement,” it added.
04/05/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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