Air India pilots are up in arms after the national airline ‘unilaterally’ declared ‘leave without pay’
Air Indiapilot association tells the company that any unilateral change by Air India from agreed-upon wage settlement would be illegal and will not be in the interest of the national carrier.
- The association said Air India in a press conference stated that its negotiation with the pilots— which it thinks is “far from reality.”
- ICPA said it supports temporary austerity measures at all fronts, but claimed that under Section 9A of the ID Act, 1947, Air India is bound to serve a ‘notice of change’ to the unions.
- This came after Air India approved
leave without pay(LWP) scheme for employees ranging from six months or two years and extendable up to five years.
In a letter to Bansal,
Indian Commercial Pilots' Assoc. writes to Air India CMD stating that "any unilateral change by AI from agreed-upon… https://t.co/BHqmESqxhE— ANI (@ANI) 1595232478000
The association said that in the press conference by Civil Aviation Minister
“It was not a negotiation, but the diktat of MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) which was conveyed to us. We would also like to place on record that the so-called negotiation was ‘not harmonious’ in any aspect,” ICPA said.
The letter further added that the “Flying allowance and flying related allowances constitute 70% of our wages. These allowances remain unpaid since April 2020. Furthermore, all the wages are being paid with constant delays,” ICPA said.
ICPA said it supports temporary austerity measures at all fronts, but claimed that under Section 9A of the
As per the Bombay High Court case held in January, “notice under Section 9A of the ID Act should be given by
The order of the Bombay HC was challenged before the apex court. The Supreme Court has not issued a stay in favour of Air India Limited. Essentially, this means Air India is bound to follow Section 9A of the ID Act, ICPA said.
This came after Air India approved leave without pay (LWP) scheme for employees ranging from six months or two years and extendable up to five years.
The circular dated July 14 said the scheme authorises chairman Rajiv Bansal to issue a leave without pay letter to employees on behalf and in the name of the company. The decision will be based on employee suitability, efficiency, competence and health.
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