‘AI workers’ issues not harmonised due to financial crunch’

‘AI workers’ issues not harmonised due to financial crunch’

New Delhi : Air India employees are being paid salaries and allowances that they received before the erstwhile Indian Airlines merged with the national carrier and this issue was not being sorted out due to the company’s poor financial condition, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

“The delay in harmonising the human resource issues, including pay and allowances, was due to critical financial condition being faced by Air India as also objections from various persons in both airlines," civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi said in a written reply.

He said the government has formed a committee headed by Justice D M Dharmadhikari to harmonise the disparities including pay parity, working conditions, seniority etc.

He also said that Air India suffered a loss of around 200 crore due to pilots’ strike and no salary has been paid to the pilots for the strike period.

In reply to a separate question, the ,minister said a total of 16 Air India pilots have left the company in recent months.

He also informed the House that salary and performance linked incentive (PLI) for the month of June and July and PLI for the month of May was not paid to pilots and other employees due to financial crunch.

Ravi said in the past five years, the national carrier has cancelled or restructured flights on around 40 routes.

He said the airline’s turnaround plan and financial restructuring plan were being revived by a Group of Officers whose report would be considered by the Group of Ministers.