Air India pilots question lack of parity in proposed pay cuts – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Air India pilots have questioned the proposed move to slash their wages by 60% when the airline’s top management is reportedly taking a cut of just about 4%. Hailed as “corona warriors”, AI pilots’ union — Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) — has said 55 of them have tested positive so far.
“We have expressed our willingness to negotiate a pay cut in line with the current market conditions … The proposed cut for pilots is almost 60% of gross emoluments. It is hilarious to note that the top management has proposed a meagre 3.5% cut on its own gross salary… How is this justified?” ICPA said in a letter to the management Thursday.

“As of date, 55 pilots have tested positive for COVID-19. Is it fair to penalise these pilots by saying that they will be paid on actual flying hours? They are unable to fly as they contracted the coronavirus while on duty. Is this how the MoCA wants to honour frontline workers?” it adds.
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The pilots are so upset that they have sought time with aviation minister H S Puri to “return all the appreciation letters … for our service to the nation. Nevertheless, we will continue to serve the nation in this time of need, as always.”
“We have not been paid 70% of our pay since the month of April 2020. To discuss a retrospective pay cut on the work done is unfair and humiliating to an employee who has been loyal to the company and the Nation,” the letter adds.

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