Air India pilots have urged the federal government to launch pressing funds to assist the ailing nationwide service, no less than until the privatisation course of is full.
Air India’s key workers members haven’t acquired salaries for the previous three months. (Photograph: Reuters)
Two airline pilot our bodies have penned a joint letter to the federal government highlighting that Air India workers haven’t acquired salaries for the previous three months.
The joint letter by Indian Industrial Pilots’ Affiliation (ICPA) and Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) stated the nationwide service has been instrumental within the battle towards Covid-19 pandemic and has lent its assets and manpower to authorities from the very starting.
Nonetheless, the letter highlighted how Air India crew members together with pilots are solely getting “lip service” and no salaries.
“The Air India administration has not taken to paying wages on time significantly for a very long time, however as of as we speak, we’ve got a backlog of three months, having not gotten wages since February,” the letter by the pilots’ affiliation highlighted.
“That is effectively earlier than the coronavirus disaster started so decreased money movement can’t be used as an excuse. Even our fundamental wage, which is a fraction of our wages, has not been launched,” the letter learn.
Additional criticising the Air India administration, it stated, “The administration has fully given up saying there isn’t any cash and has no plans on when and the way they will pay our wages with out authorities assist.”
“That is the bottom actuality as we speak as we are actually poised to embark as soon as once more upon one of many greatest evacuations in world historical past aiming to deliver stranded Indians again residence.”
The pilots additionally highlighted how Air India has been in a debt entice on account of historic administration snags and added that pressing authorities assist is required to clear the backlog of wages, which proceed to develop.
“We, due to this fact, request you to infuse desperately wanted funds into the nationwide service to maintain operations no less than until the time privatisation is full,” the letter added.
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