Friday, July 24, 2020

Over 60 AI pilots Covid+, still face 'Wage Cuts': Executive pilots

New Delhi: Air India's executive pilots have urged the government to roll back the recently-announced 'Wage Cuts' and 'Leave Without Pay' policy, citing the dangers the airline's aviators faced in operating the crucial 'Vande Bharat' repatriation flights as well as their contribution in smoothly running the national carrier during the pandemic.

In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the Executive Pilots Association said: "As of date, at least 60 plus pilots have tested Covid positive. Furthermore, unlike other wars, the enemy has accompanied the warriors home to affect their family members with devastating effect. At least, one pilot has lost a family member to Covid-19 and those of many others have been infected. With a steady rise in cases, the situation can only get worse from now on."

"This raises obvious questions in our minds. Do frontline public servants on Covid related duty, who are risking their lives up in the skies and on bio-hazard frontlines, deserve such indignity, humiliation and debasement, while so many others in the same organisation, ensconced in the warmth and comfort of their homes, deserve preferential, kid glove treatment? Why do other Government run organisations and Central Services that employ public servants on Covid duty, such as Indian Railways, CAP, AIIMS etc, offer pay protection, ethics, equity and natural justice to their employees, while ours cannot?"

The association represents the executive pilots of the 'Wide Body Cadre' of Air India.
23/07/20 daijiworld
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