After working a marketing campaign towards its administration on social media, Air India pilots on Monday wrote to civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, requesting for an pressing assembly to debate their grievances.
Alleging that the officers briefing Puri have “grossly misinformed” him, because the pay cuts within the airline are usually not throughout the board, the letter learn, “The present trade customary in India is a minimize of 15-23% on gross wage i.e. value to firm. Nevertheless, the Air India administration is attempting to indicate value reducing by slashing cherry picked allowances as an alternative of a good minimize on gross wages (the true value to firm of an worker). They’ve safeguarded their perks, privileges and entitlements whereas shifting excessive monetary burden on the pilots.’’
Regardless of repeated makes an attempt, Air India spokesperson didn’t reply to HT’s calls.
The pilots additionally mentioned that the imbalance within the pay cuts, which have been a part of a “deliberate and unethical agenda of making industrial disharmony, reeks of a vested curiosity and a conspiracy to sabotage the nationwide provider and derail the privatisation course of”.
Round 1,800 pilots and greater than 2,000 cabin crew members are employed with the nationwide provider.
“We really feel that the highest administration is just not aligned with the PMO’s [Prime Minister’s Office] imaginative and prescient of privatisation. They’re attempting to create unrest and disharmony amongst workers. The pay minimize is just not uniform throughout board, and nowhere near the market customary,” a senior Air India pilot mentioned.
He additionally claimed that the pilots have written to the aviation minister based mostly on the figures and evidences they’ve. “As a substitute of making use of real cost-saving measures, the highest bosses try to keep away from any pay cuts for themselves, whereas nonetheless retaining their perks comparable to luxurious membership memberships, free vehicles, petrol and so forth. We want to join with the honourable minister on to apprise him of the matter and likewise give some actual cost-saving options to assist the corporate,” the pilot added.
In the meantime in an inside electronic mail, IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, introduced a second spherical of pay cuts.
The airline’s spokesperson didn’t reply to HT requires a touch upon the problem.
Nevertheless, HT has accessed the e-mail, wherein the airline’s chief govt officer (CEO) Ronojoy Dutta mentioned that the step needed to be taken to regulate the airline’s value construction to the decline in revenues. Whereas Dutta introduced a 35% pay minimize for himself, the salaries of the senior vice-presidents of the airline will probably be diminished to 25%, whereas these of affiliate vice-presidents to 15%. The pilots will lose 28% of their salaries.
Furthermore, every division of the airline has been requested to make a month-to-month resolution on the variety of workers to be despatched on depart with out pay. Just lately, the airline had additionally introduced to put off 10% of its workers.
In Might, IndiGo had introduced a pay minimize ranging between 5% and 25% until the tip of the 2020-21 monetary yr. The airline had additionally carried out depart with out pay for workers starting from one-and-a-half days to 5 days.