India’s national carrier Air India had decided to cut salaries of all employees by 10 per cent for three months, unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi who urged the companies and employers not to cut the salaries of the employees during the financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown situation.
Many other airlines such as had announced a pay cut for the employees as the aviation industry remained shut for two months. However, Air India was carrying out special rescue flights to bring Indians stranded elsewhere.
At present Indigo has rolled back the pay cut plan but Air India is still finding its conclusion.
There are eight unions in Air India namely:
- Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association,
- Indian Pilots’ Guild,
- Air Corporations Employees’ Union,
- All India Cabin Crew Association,
- All India Aircraft Engineers’ Association,
- AirIndia Employees’ Union,
- All India Aircraft Engineers’ Association and
- Indian Aircraft Technicians’ Association
All of these unions wrote to Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri urging to withdraw the salary cut decision.
Air India employees have moved the Bombay High Court against the carrier’s decision to cut allowances while the authorities are putting an idea of restricting the salaries of the pilots only to the hours of flying.
However, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association and Indian Pilots’ Guild have rejected the idea of restricting the salaries of the pilots only to the hours of flying.
Air India began its domestic operations on March 25 and its International operations under Vande Bharat Mission are also on.
“We have only delayed the process by two months. And we have to slow the process. I think the AI divestment will become a more attractive proposition after this because they have access and routes,” said, Union Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.