Tuesday, July 07, 2020

AI should begin ''leave without pay'' to tide over pandemic pains, say pilot unions

New Delhi: To secure the financial health and survival of Air India, the national carrier''s pilot unions have called for instituting measures like compulsory leave without pay.

The move, the unions say, will help the airline tide over the Covid-19 induced economic contraction.

Presently, the management has resorted to an across the board 10 per cent cut in allowances.

In a letter to the airline''s CMD Rajiv Bansal, both the pilots unions - IPG and ICPA - said: "Since Air India is in financial distress on account of the pandemic, the employee strength should be brought at par with other market players through common sense measures like a ''compulsory leave without pay'' till such time normal operations resume.

"Many airlines have invoked their employees to proceed on ''leave without pay''. The company may even consider permitting such employees to take on some temporary assignment or engagement during this period to tide over the current hardship."

As per the letter, Air India should be guided by how other players in the aviation sector are battling the adversities of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We understand that a leading private carrier has an employee strength of 250 in finance and 130 in HR, handling a fleet of 255 aircraft. This may be contrasted with Air India which has more than 1,600 employees in HR and Finance for a mere 125 aircraft," the letter said.
06/07/20 IANS/Outlook
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