Air India pilots threaten to go on strike

Air India pilots threaten to go on strike
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First Published: Fri, Sep 25 2009. 09 34 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Sep 25 2009. 09 34 PM IST
New Delhi: Several of Air India’s senior pilots have threatened to go on strike from Friday midnight after cuts in the productivity linked incentive (PLI) of up to 50% this week.
“The decision to cut our PLI is illegal. In effect, Air India management reduced our pay by 70%,” said Capt. V.K. Bhalla, an executive pilot with Air India. Executive pilots are senior commanders who form part of the airline management and are not associated with unions.
He said at least 400 pilots are planning to strike following the cut.
It is unclear if the flight operations of the carrier will be affected as the pilot unions at the airline have not announced any such move. An Air India spokesman said the management has not received any strike notice.
“As of now, we have not joined the strike. In fact, we have written to the chief labour commissioner to treat this as a dispute,” said a pilot associated with Indian Commercial Pilots Association or ICPA.
Indian Pilots’ Guild officials said that they are also undertaking any labour action. Meanwhile, the airline has recalled back pilots who had been granted leave, said another senior Air India pilot who didn’t want to be named.
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First Published: Fri, Sep 25 2009. 09 34 PM IST