Four more pilots belonging to the newly-recruited batch of 38 have left Air India (AI), taking the total number of those who have resigned to 10 after the national carrier changed its employment terms from permanent to contractual.
Sources said some more pilots of the same batch are learnt to have resigned and are serving their six month notice period.
The resignations have led to massive flight delays especially in stations in the South where a majority of these pilots are based.
As first reported by HT on November 3, 2014, the batch had been hired from the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi in 2011. At the time of induction they were promised permanent jobs. But in a surprise move on completion of their training in 2014, they were informed that their jobs are contractual. The co-pilots made several representations stating that this amounted to a breach of trust.
“Pilots hired on contracts get the same salary and perks. What is different from regular employment are the post-retirement medical facilities and passage that one can avail,” said an AI official.
Meanwhile, private carriers started luring these trained co-pilots with tempting offers as they were getting a supply of well-trained and qualified pilots.