Air India pilots’ union writes to Puri over pay lower, flags ‘potential disastrous psychological affect’

New Delhi, July 23

Air India’s cost-cutting measures corresponding to pay cuts and obligatory depart with out pay (LWP) scheme might have “potentially disastrous psychological impact” on some staff, a number one pilots’ union of the airline stated on Thursday.

Moreover, greater than 60 Air India pilots have examined COVID-19 constructive until date, the Executive Pilots Association (EPA) informed Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a letter.

Air India on Wednesday introduced upto 50 per cent discount in month-to-month allowances of its staff, who’ve a gross month-to-month wage of greater than Rs 25,000.

“We shudder to think of the kind of desperate and extreme acts that could be triggered off because of the prevailing situation – as has been repeatedly proven many times in the past,” the EPA stated on Thursday.                           

“Our association is…extremely concerned about the potentially disastrous psychological impact that the massive forced pay cuts and Compulsory LWP scheme may create on some employees,” it added.

The EPA termed the cuts in month-to-month allowances of pilots as “discriminatory, disproportionate and arbitrary”.

In one other step to rationalise employees prices, the airline issued an inner order on July 14 asking its departmental heads and regional administrators to establish staff, based mostly on varied elements like effectivity, well being and redundancy, who will probably be despatched on obligatory depart with out pay (LWP) for as much as 5 years.

Moreover, the service stated staff can voluntarily go for the LWP scheme too.

The EPA stated the “adverse” coverage choices taken by Air India “pose an extremely serious and plausible threat to flight and public safety”.

It additionally stated: “As of date, at least 60 plus pilots have been tested COVID-positive. Furthermore, unlike other wars, the enemy has accompanied the warriors home to affect their family members with devastating effect.” 

At least one pilot has misplaced a member of the family to COVID-19 and people of many others have been contaminated, the EPA stated.

“With a steady rise in cases, the situation can only get worse from now on,” it added.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23. However, Air India has been working a big variety of particular flights to and from international locations world wide below the Vande Bharat Mission to assist stranded folks attain their locations.

The aviation sector has been considerably impacted as a result of journey restrictions imposed in India and different international locations in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

All airways in India have taken cost-cutting measures corresponding to pay cuts, LWP and firing of staff with a purpose to preserve money.

On Monday, India’s largest airline IndiGo had introduced it might lay off 10 per cent of its workforce as a result of financial disaster brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Air India introduced on Thursday that none of its staff will probably be laid off.

India resumed home passenger flights from May 25 after a spot of two months as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

However, the airways have been allowed to function solely a most of 45 per cent of their pre-COVID home flights. Occupancy fee in Indian home flights has been round simply 50-60 per cent since May 25. PTI

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