Air India’s Board of Directors held a meeting on Friday as the Pilot union threaten to stop their operations if the dues of them are not immediately paid off.
ICPA (Indian Commercial Pilot’s Association) stated in a letter to Air India management on August 16 that “we would like to inform you if the flying allowance is not paid immediately, we may not be available to the company for flying duties. Since the company has paid the salary, we will report to the office for any official duty of our expertise other than flying duties.”
In concern to the statement of ICPA, the basic salary of pilots and the cabin crew only consists of 30% of the total earnings of the company. The letter reads that “every month we are being ignored while the company pays the rest of the employees in full and does not pay the flying allowance to pilots and cabin crew, which forms the major part of our total earnings.”
On August 14, the salary for the month of July is paid, which becomes difficult for the operational team to continue working.
The Air India board met on Friday to discuss over an expected financial short-term package, which is planned for the airline.
The newly appointed Air India’s Independent Director and ITC Chairman Y.C. Deveshwar also participated in the meeting, which was arranged to fix with over dues of Pilots and Cabin crew.