After running a campaign against its management on social media, Air India pilots on Monday wrote to civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, requesting for an urgent meeting to discuss their grievances.
Alleging that the officials briefing Puri have “grossly misinformed” him, as the pay cuts in the airline are not across the board, the letter read, “The current industry standard in India is a cut of 15-23% on gross salary i.e. cost to company. However, the Air India management is trying to show cost cutting by slashing cherry picked allowances instead of a fair cut on gross wages (the true cost to company of an employee). They have safeguarded their perks, privileges and entitlements while shifting extreme financial burden on the pilots.’’
Despite repeated attempts, Air India spokesperson did not respond to HT’s calls.
The pilots also said that the imbalance in the pay cuts, which were part of a “deliberate and unethical agenda of creating industrial disharmony, reeks of a vested interest and a conspiracy to sabotage the national carrier and derail the privatisation process”.