Air India’s Indian Pilots’ Guild, a recognised commerce union representing the pilots of erstwhile Air India ltd., wrote to the brand new civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday searching for an assurance that their long-pending arrears can be paid as privatisation of Air India Ltd. is within the ultimate levels, HT has learnt.

“We wish to bring to your attention an issue which gravely concerns the pilots of Air India as well other employees, and the privatisation process itself,” the pilots mentioned.

In January 2013, Air India administration lower workers salaries by 25% on an ad-hoc foundation amid poor monetary situations.

“Despite being in a miserable condition, the pilots continued to bear the ad-hoc pay cut,” mentioned a senior Air India pilot.

Former Air India chairman, Ashwani Lohani, in his 2015 letter to workers, said that the administration was completely clear that the pending quantity belonged to the staff and would subsequently be launched.

Moreover, earlier this yr the then minister of civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri had instructed the media that the staff’ dues with arrears can be paid by Air India property holding firm earlier than the closing of the proposed transaction.

“As the privatisation of Air India Ltd. seems to be at the final stage, we turn to you to make good these assurances of payment of our long pending arrears. We sincerely hope that under your tenure, the interests of the employees will be addressed and that you could initiate the payment of these arrears at the earliest,” the letter learn.

The pilots have requested Scindia for a gathering to debate numerous points and search assist to get again their cash.

From the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Air India crew has flown essential cargo and evacuation flights in addition to the flights beneath the Vande Bharat Mission. Moreover, the airline misplaced 5 of its pilots to Covid-19 through the second wave. All these pilots operated flights through the first and second waves of the pandemic.

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