Unpaid pilots: Air India faces strike, Jet calls for talks
There’s trouble in the air for India’s bleeding airlines. The Indian Pilot’s Guild (IPG), an association of Air India (AI) pilots, has threatened the airline management that a large number of its pilots will not operate flights from next month if their dues aren’t cleared.
Also, pilots of India’s largest domestic carrier, Jet Airways, who had decided to wear black arm bands to work from Thursday to protest delay in salaries, have been called for a meeting by chairman Naresh Goyal.
“We have put our decision to wear black arm bands on hold till our meeting with the chairman. We get paid only by 15th of every month. We want our salaries on time,” a pilot said.
Meanwhile, the IPG has said that AI hasn’t paid pilot salaries for the last three months and allowances for four months.
The Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association, another association of AI, had recently left to individual pilots to decide the future course of action if dues aren’t cleared by March.
“A large number of our members have informed us that owing to the psychological stress that they are undergoing and bearing in mind the safety of passengers, they will be unable to operate flights on and after April 1, unless the management clears all dues,” IPG’s letter to the airline’s CMD, and aviation and labour ministers and the aviation regulator said.