Monday, July 20, 2020

Any Unilateral Change by Air India in Pilots’ Salaries Could Flare-up Situation: ICPA

New Delhi: Any unilateral change by Air India in the salaries of pilots would be illegal and has the potential to flare-up to a situation of “unprecedented magnitude”, said the ICPA, one of the airline’s pilot unions, on Monday.
In a letter to Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal, the ICPA said, “In the press conference by Honourable Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri dated 16th July 2020, you had stated ‘we are in negotiation with the pilots’, which is far from reality.”
“It was not a negotiation, but the ‘diktat’ of the MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) which was conveyed to us. We would also like to place on record that the so-called negotiation was ‘not harmonious’ in any aspect,” the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) noted.
Air India has proposed a 60 per cent salary cut for pilots amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 55 of its cockpit crew members, the ICPA and the Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) had said in their joint letter to Bansal last week.
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