Air India’s Boeing
pilots have written to the aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri seeking an
urgent meeting with him. The letter dated March 31 emphasised that Air India
group flew over 2.9 million passengers through the pandemic as frontliners, yet
since April 2020, an “illegal pay cut” has been forcefully implemented upon
them which no other public sector undertaking (PSU) has undergone.
India awarded a 70% pay cut to the very employees who during Covid times
reported for duty
2020, a unilateral and illegal pay cut has been forcefully implemented upon
us...throughout the pandemic no other PSU has undergone such a drastic pay cut.
Air India awarded a 70% pay cut to the very section of employees who during
Covid times reported for duty, putting themselves as well as their near and
dear ones at risk of getting infected. At the same time the management gave
themselves a paltry 10% cut while effectively being cocooned in the safety of
their own homes,” the letter stated.
The pilots had
written to their management on March 23 highlighting factors such as the
airline management’s decisions to remove pre-flight Covid testing and cancel or
curtail pilot leaves. They also questioned the government on not rolling back
their pay cuts despite seeing a rise in domestic travel..