MUMBAI- The Air India pilot union withdraws its directive not to accept the revised contract. Now pilots are free to sign the contract if they want to, and they have their own choices.
The decision came today as Pilot Unions withdrew its directive. The directive issued by the pilot body told members to Refuse to accept the new salary structure.
Air India Pilot Union withdraws Directive
The Indian journalist reported that Air India’s pilot group had rescinded its earlier instructions to its members, advising them not to sign new contracts with Tata Air India.
This means that those instructions no longer bind the pilots, and they are free to sign the new contracts if they wish to.
What’s included in the directive?
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 attempt to turn all senior pilots into executives to destroy the unions.
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.
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.
Air India Pilot Union Statements
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. Further, the executive or management pilots are not permitted to join unions.
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