According to a joint communication from the two unions, the pilot bodies of Tata Group-owned Air India have advised their members not to accept or sign updated terms and conditions days after the management released a new salary structure for its flight and cockpit staff.
Union sources say that Air India amended the terms unilaterally without consulting the pilot. Furthermore, they are attempting to turn all senior pilots into executives to destroy the unions.
Air India Pilot Salary Structure
According to an internal circular dated April 17, the new structure will result in pay increases for nearly 2,700 pilots working for Air India and AIX Connect. Further for over 5,600 members of the airline’s cabin crew.
The guaranteed flying allowance component has also been quadrupled from the previous 20 hours to 40 hours due to the adjustment.
Even so, it was still significantly less than the pre-pandemic era. When Air India pilots were entitled to a minimum of 70 flying hours.
The communication from Wednesday states that the two unions. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) and the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), met jointly on April 18 to examine the matter.
IPG and ICPA
The members voiced their opinions and distress at the harsh terms and circumstances imposed on them. The IPG and ICPA committees are working to determine the next course of action. Subsequently, taking into consideration member comments. The two unions said in a joint statement to its members on Wednesday.
“In the interim, we would like to reiterate to all members not to accept/sign the revised terms and conditions.” No response was received when an inquiry was addressed to Air India.
According to the statement, Air India arbitrarily amended the terms without consulting the pilots. According to a source who spoke to PTI, they are also attempting to convert all senior pilots into executives, which would eliminate the unions.
The circular read a significant number of senior pilots who have served as commanders for four or more years would be promoted to the senior commander position. Further, providing them immediate admission into the management cadre. With increased funding for organizational activities. The executive or management pilots are not permitted to join unions.
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