Aug 18: An association representing a section of Air India pilots has urged the national carrier to pay dues to its employees. In its communication to Air India’s director of finance, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association has also threatened to stop operations if the situation continues. ICPA represent over 700 pilots of the Airbus 320 fleet of Air India.
The association has alleged that the payment of flying allowance of pilots and cabin crews have been left ignored, while those for other employees have been paid although with a delay. The communication also highlights that flying allowances form a major chunk of their salaries.
ICPA has threatened to stay off from flying duties if the allowances remain unpaid. Pilots will still report to the office since the salary has been paid, but will refrain from flying duties and will be available only for office duties, said the association, adding that the management would be solely responsible for any disruption of flights.
Flying allowances are normally paid after two months. Pilots and cabin crew of Air India were supposed to receive the flying allowance for the month of June by August 1. But as per sources, the employees are yet to be paid their allowance. Air India has also been struggling to pay the salary of its other employees on time.
The carrier has consecutively failed to disburse the salary of its employees on time for the previous few months. The cash paucity has become prevalent ever since the government stopped funding the airline as it stepped forward with the plans for privatization.
Recent developments have made the situation worse, with Air India failing to attract a suitor among the bidders before the deadline. The stake sale process has been postponed for the time being with plans for reviving capital infusion being prioritized by the government.