Air India pilots threaten strike from Sunday

Air India pilots threaten strike from Sunday

Mumbai: Members of the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association, or ICPA, registered with the National Aviation Co. of India Ltd, or Nacil, that runs Air India, have threatened that they will resort to ‘non-cooperation’ starting 1 November if dues from productivity linked incentives (PLI) are not disbursed by month-end.

R.S. Otaal, general secretary of ICPA, which claims a membership of 1,000 pilots, said the group could even resort to a “strike as the PLI deferments are reaching nowhere."

On 22 September, ICPA members met in Mumbai to discuss how to counter the decision to cut PLIs, which Nacil has said will save it Rs700 crore. These incentives currently account for 30%-50% of the salary of Air India employees.

“Our agitation could be strike or anything according to Industrial Disputes Act.," he warned. “Already we are facing cut in salaries as the flying hours have gone down. We have cooperated enough with the management."

Jitender Bhargava, executive director (corporate communications) at Nacil, said the company has not received any notice for strike.