Pilots meet with CLC over payment of salaries, incentives
Air India pilots today demanded payment of their salaries and incentives before November 20, failing which they would be forced to proceed on strike as per the notice given to the airline management.delhi Updated: Nov 09, 2009 23:25 IST
Air India pilots today demanded payment of their salaries and incentives before November 20, failing which they would be forced to proceed on strike as per the notice given to the airline management.
"We have asked the management to pay our salary and incentives and come up with some positive steps for company's turnaround by November 20," said Captain Shailendra Singh, president of Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA), after three-and-half-hour long meeting with the Central Labour Commissioner (CLC) and airline management here.
Terming the first round of talks as unproductive, he said the second round of talks would be held on November 20.
"If on that day too they fail give us some positive outcome then we would forced to proceed on strike from November 24 as per the notice," Singh said.
The pilots' association, on November 2, had written a letter to Air India Chairman-cum-Managing Director Arvind Jadhav for payment of their salaries and incentives by November 10, failing which they would be forced to proceed on strike from November 24.
They also demanded that the management should come up with a turnaround plan in which there should be no cut in the employees' salaries.
Alleging that Indian pilots were being given step-motherly treatment, Singh said, "every month expats pilots are being paid their salaries and incentives and only Indian pilots are facing delay in payment of their salaries and PLI."
Besides Singh, pilots were represented by ICPA general secretary R S Otal, executive committee members Ravidner Singh and Shiraz Farooqui, while Executive Director (Industrial Relations) T R Ramachandran represented Air India.
The pilots also raised the issue of mismanagement in the airlines, like order for more aircrafts than required, change of timings of flights, which were having almost full passenger load among others.
They also demanded that if the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines has been done, then there should be uniformity in their work, salaries and other employee-related issues.