Monday, July 06, 2020

Air India pilots write to CMD, suggest ways to improve airline’s financial health

Mumbai: Two pilot wings of national carrier Air India — Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association( ICPA) and Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) — have written a letter to the airline’s Chairman and MD (CMD) Rajiv Bansal, mentioning steps that should be taken to secure the survival of Air India.

The letter addressed to the Air India CMD suggests ways on what the airline should be doing at a time when the aviation sector in general and AI in particular is facing multiple challenges due to the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown.

“Presently, the management has resorted to an across the board 10 per cent cut on allowances. While prima facie appearing to be fair, this scheme distributes the financial burden across the various categories of employees in an extremely discriminatory manner amounting to treating unequal people equally,” said the pilots in the letter.
ICPA and IPG have also suggested that Class IV workers be kept away from the allowance cut.

“The Class IV employees, who are at the bottom of the organisation’s ladder, are more severely affected by such a salary cut than the employees at higher grades,” the letter read.

“We, therefore, propose that Class IV employees should be exempt from such a wage cut. Their liability can be borne by other employees who are earning higher salaries.”
The pilot body has also suggested the national carrier to take cues from other airlines and follow such mechanisms to cut costs by doing away with excess manpower.
06/07/20 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today
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