Thursday, May 11, 2023

Air India pilots withdraw opposition to new wage agreement, as airline steps up hiring

At a time when the Indian aviation industry is in doldrums following the insolvency of Go First, the threat to SpiceJet and a delayed relaunch of Jet Airways, the country's grand old airline is recovering swiftly. After being taken over by Tata Sons, Air India has placed a massive order for 840 aircraft, and is on a hiring spree to address crew shortage.

As an additional boost, its wage agreement facing opposition from two pilots' unions, has also been accepted by a majority of its staff.

After an extension to a deadline for pilots to accept the new salary structure, the unions withdrew their opposition, as 80 per cent members voted in favour of the agreement.

An Economic Times report suggested that the change of heart among pilots may have been trigered by fears of the airline hiring replacements from outside.

The decision also came days after pilots flocking to venues forced Air India to extend its walk-in interviews by another day.

As Go First is grounded and the resolution may take time, Air India and IndiGo have received hundreds of applications.

11/05/2023 FreePressJournal

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