Air India staffs to embark on mass non-cooperation over salary delay

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New Delhi, June 8: In the wake of delayed salaries, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA), the pilots union of Air India has decided to stop complete cooperation with the management. 

In a letter to the ICPA’s Central Executive Committee (CEC), the Regional Executive Committee (REC) wrote that non-cooperation would continue until salary payment is regularised and normal functioning is restored.

“In the REC meeting held in Delhi on June 06, Delhi REC unanimously decided that no wages on time amount to financial stress and mental agony, thereby resulting in undue fatigue, which is severely affecting flight safety. With no notification about delayed salary payment, members are being hounded by financial institutions constantly, severely affecting their day to day life. Keeping in view of the above consideration, REC has decided to STOP Complete Co-Operation with the Management till the time salary payment is regularized and normal functioning is restored,” the letter read.

Besides this, the REC also claimed that the carrier management has prioritised the interest of its current employees “much below” that of its retired employees, thereby stagnating the moral and career progression of its serving workforce.

“Employees are the most important wheel in the smooth running of any organisation, and interest of serving employees should be the top most priority of management. Unfortunately our management has put the interest of serving employee much below the interest of retired employee thereby severely affecting the moral and career progression of its employee by hiring contractual pilots for training, which has severely dented their career prospects,” the REC argued.

In this regard, the REC (Northern Region) stated it would not undertake any training or flights with any contractual Type Rating Instructor (TRI), claiming that this would severely hit their future career growth.

Airline Head Quarter staff told to news agency ANI that they not getting any communication from the administration as to when they will get a salary.

As per the sources, the airline has been witnessing cash crunch since April and therefore employees are getting their salaries late.

Usually, the employees get their salaries by 30th or 31st of every month.

According to media reports, March and April salaries of the Air India employees were delayed by seven days.

Air India has more than 11,000 employees on a permanent role.

The BJP-led government, which had approved strategic disinvestment for the state-run carrier in last June, had on May 31 this year said no initial bids were received for the proposed stake sale.


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