National provider, Air India has terminated 200 of its cabin crew, and has refused to simply accept the withdrawal of resignations of 50 pilots. These cabin crew had been not too long ago inducted within the airline on a contractual foundation.
As on April 2020, the nationwide provider had round 4,000 cabin crew and round 1,800 pilots.
However, the Air India spokesperson refused to touch upon the difficulty. “These are internal issues on which we won’t like to make any comment,” he stated.
Airline sources stated the 50 pilots had resigned as that they had secured a job in non-public airways. However, resulting from lockdown and the present pandemic scenario, non-public airways didn’t rent them. Hence, they’ve put forth their request of desirous to return to Air India.
The airline, nonetheless, refused to withdraw their resignations and requested them to proceed serving their discover interval.
Top Air India sources stated the choice was taken earlier than the administration and ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) officers met the airline pilots on July 8.
A senior airline pilot stated, “We knew about this step by the airline, hence we had written to them and even discussed in the meeting that they should not lay off only the frontline warriors, but deal with all employees, across all the departments equally.”
HT had reported that pilots affiliated to 2 unions (Indian Commercial Pilot Guild and Indian Pilots Guild) representing the slender and wide-body plane, after writing a letter to their chairman Rajiv Bansal on Monday, had requested the administration to provide share minimize on gross wage as per particular person’s revenue and implement go away with out pay (LWP) for all the staff of the airline on month-to-month foundation.
The pilots, within the assembly on July 8, had informed the administration and MoCA to clear their long-pending 25% dues instantly and permit them to give up Air India with rapid impact in case they fail to implement the LWP for workers.
A senior airline official stated lay-offs had been sure to occur because of the present scenario. “The letter from pilots has set things into motion. Otherwise, the airline management was contemplating since March. The appointing authority [heads of the departments] have failed to handle the situation and stand for the employees who are being asked to leave,” the official added.
“Since only a few flights are operating due to Covid-19 pandemic making the situation worse, the management should study the non-operating and operating departments and should reduce the workforce accordingly, since its getting difficult for the airline to function as there is no money to run Air India,” stated a retired airline official.