Air India Has No Money To Pay Salaries For Pilots; Mass Protests Can Be Launched

Indian Pilots Guild (IPG)- a Boeing pilots’ union of Air India has warned that they may go on a mass protest!
Indian Pilots Guild (IPG)- a Boeing pilots’ union of Air India has warned that they may go on a mass protest!

A few weeks back there was a warning from the Air India unions!

It said that they may go on a strike as the company has asked them to vacate the company accommodation in Mumbai’s Kalina within six months of the divestment deal’s transaction closing date.

Now the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG)- a Boeing pilots’ union of Air India – has warned that they may go on a mass protest.

Bur only if the issues are not settled and if their total pending amount is manipulated with a smaller amount.

Letter To The Air India Management

In a letter written to the Air India management on Sunday evening, the Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG)- a Boeing pilots’ have expressed their issues and warned the airline management of mass protest and industrial unrest

“At this critical juncture where the international skies have opened up and the domestic demand is steadily rising due to the festive season, the pilots are once again being stretched beyond capacity to cover additional flights. We trust you will ensure that the process of settling arrears is righteously carried out to not leave the employees feeling cheated. We are truly optimistic about making a fresh start with our new owners. We urge you not to exploit us employees whilst settling our arrears as that would probably lead to mass protest and industrial unrest just as the company changes hands”


The letter read

“…the government is committed to settling any outstanding dues with employees before hand-over,” the IPG wrote in its letter.

2006 Pay Agreement 

In the letter, a few of the important things were referenced and one of them was the 2006 pay agreement, which allotted a monthly Layover Subsistence Allowance (LSA) for pilots and co-pilots, in their request that the airline does not overlook specific areas while implementing the aforementioned process.

LSA was given during long foreign layovers when the expense of living is higher and pilots back then had to spend from their own on overseas layovers.

Now all the amount has been accumulated and needs to be paid immediately!

“Over the years, 25% of these amounts were held back and are still due,” the pilots said. The reimbursement of these foreign currency expenses that have been incurred for many years is overdue,” they stated.

Pilots mentioned that the arrears arising out of the 25% cut on LSA are due, in 2012, Air India workers were given a unilateral 25% pay cut.

“It has been over nine years since the first deduction and it would be highly unjust if the company were to have enjoyed interest-free finance at the expense of the employees,” the letter read.

Air India Pilots May Go On a Strike!

IPG Demands An Urgent Statement Regarding Outstanding Dues

The Indian Pilots Guild (IPG)- a Boeing pilots’ union of Air India also demanded an urgent full statement detailing the outstanding dues for each pilot.

“It will be shameful if the airline cuts taxes on our arrears. We hope the airline does justice to the employees and pays back our arrears in full before the new owner takes over, else we will be forced to take drastic steps.”


Commenting on the letter, a senior pilot said

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