Air India pilots hint at strike in lieu of the delay salaries

New Delhi: The regional pilots union of Air India has said they would stop complete cooperation with the management in lieu of the delay in salaries on Friday.

The airline has delayed salary payments of around 11,000 employees for the third month in a row.

the Regional Executive Committee (REC) said the non-cooperation would continue until salary payment is regularised and normal functioning is restored, in a letter to Central Executive Committee of the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA).

“In the REC meeting held in Delhi on June 06, Delhi REC unanimously decided that no wages on time amount to financial stress and mental agony, thereby resulting in undue fatigue, which is severely affecting flight safety. With no notification about delayed salary payment, members are being hounded by financial institutions constantly, severely affecting their day to day life. Keeping in view of the above consideration, REC has decided to STOP Complete Co-Operation with the Management till the time salary payment is regularized and normal functioning is restored,” the letter read.

The REC further claimed that the airline management has prioritised the interest of its current employees “much below” that of its retired employees, thereby stagnating the moral and career progression of its serving workforce.

On Thursday, Airline Head Quarter staff told to ANI that no communication has been received from the management as to when employees of the national carrier would get their salary for the month of May.
Sources said that the airline has been facing a cash crunch since April, thus causing a delay in sanctioning salaries of the employees.

On a related note, sources also revealed that other employees unions may extend support to the ICPA’s movement against salary delay.

Air India is heavily debt-laden and regularly incurs huge losses. The total debt including current liabilities stood at Rs 33,392 crore as on March 31, 2017. By March 2018, the figure crossed Rs. 50,000 crore as reported by MoneyControl.

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