Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Global pilots body seeks govt intervention in pay cut at Air India

Mumbai: Air India pilots, who are protesting the massive cut in their flying allowance in the wake of increasing cash crunch at the airline amid the coronavirus pandemic, got the backing from an international pilots body which on Wednesday urged the government to intervene in the matter.
In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the Indian chapter of International Federation of Airlines Pilots Association (IFALPA) said that it is "shocking" even after being in the line of duty, Air India pilots have been "singled out" for massive pay cut.
The government-owned Air India is on a cost-cutting drive to deal with the situation arising out of COVID-19 which has impacted the aviation sector most globally.
The carrier has announced that the flying crew would be paid according to actual hours flown against a fixed payments for 70 hours, which has effectively slashed their monthly salary by almost 60 per cent.
The loss-making airline has also announced a 50 per cent reduction in monthly allowances of employees drawing monthly gross salary of more than Rs 25,000. Also, it has implemented a ''Leave Without Pay'' scheme for its employees, ranging from six months to five years.
"It is with utmost concern that we bring to your attention, the grave injustice that is being meted out to the Air India pilots via a unilateral and retrospective downward revision of emoluments to the tune of 60 per cent.
"These are the very same pilots who went above and beyond the call of duty when called upon by the government to operate the flights for the repatriation of Indian citizens from the world over," said Sam Thomas, President Airlines Pilots Association of India (ALPA) in the letter to Puri.
05/08/20 PTI/Outlook
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