Perks cut put on hold but AI pilots stir to continue

Perks cut put on hold but AI pilots stir to continue

Mumbai: In a bid to buy peace with its agitating executive pilots, Air India on Sunday night put on hold the cut in their productivity-linked incentives(PLI) but complete normalcy of flights is unlikely with a section of the pilots deciding to continue the two-day-old stir.

As the stir by the executive pilots entered the second day on Sunday disrupting 30 domestic and international flights, the AI management held a meeting with 20 Mumbai-based executive pilots and decided to set up a committee to “exclusively" look into the key issue of PLI cut which triggered the stir on Saturday.

“The committee, comprising executive director (finance), executive director (industrial relations), general manager (operations in Mumbai) and four representatives of the executive pilots, would address the concerns of the agitating pilots over the cut in the PLIs," Air India spokesperson Jitendra Bhargava told reporters here.

The CMD has announced that the modalities of PLI cut, whether it was 50% or 70%, would be looked into by this committee and management will articulate these concerns, Bharagava said at the end of the four-hour long meeting convened by Air India CMD Arvind Jadhav. The Committee is expected to be set up by this week-end.

Bhargava also said that the entire problem (agitation by the pilots) was caused by the 24 September office order, regarding the cut in the PLI, is not applicable as of now.

In Delhi, Captain V. K. Bhalla, a representative of agitating executive pilots told PTI , “We will continue with our agitations and pilots of Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai would be reporting sick." He called Sunday’s decisions by AI management as an “eyewash".