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AI pilots warn of ‘industrial action’ if issues are not resolved before handing over to the Tata Group

According to a report in TOI, Air India pilots have warned of “industrial action” that may lead to disruption of operations if their demands are not met before the airline’s impending handover to the new owners, Tata Group. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA, unions of erstwhile Indian Airlines’ pilots) has written to the management alleging that the employee-related issues were not being informed to the new owner like the continuance of Covid-time pay cut.

“While other airlines have started rolling back their Covid pay cut, we are still burdened by this pay cut of 55%. Despite our repeated pleas for restoring our (pay), there has been no response from the management…. There is no move to resolve the plethora of long-standing disinvestment issues, be it accounting of illegally withheld 25% arrears with appropriate interest,” the ICPA said.

The Tatas are set to take over by January 23, 2022. “We have given the management ample benefit of the doubt and more than enough time to remedy these issues…. Yet, the management’s silence on our service conditions and arrears is deafening.” The ICPA has warned that “this state of affairs is no longer tenable.”

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