Air India pilot unions IPG and ICPA on Monday sought the civil aviation ministry’s intervention on the wage cut issue and also requested for an “urgent” meeting with him on several other issues.
“In our meetings in September, you had given us an assurance to look into our grievances positively. While other airlines are rolling back the austerity pay cuts for their pilots, the wage cut for Air India pilots further increased from October.
“This is completely divorced from market reality and equally unfair to pilots of Air India and its subsidiaries,” the pilot unions stated in the joint letter addressed to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
Lamenting that pilots of Air India and its two subsidiary airlines, Air India Express and Alliance Air, continue to get reduced wages, up to 70 per cent lower of their normal wages, it said.
“Through our representations and meetings, we have shown you how Air India management’s cost cutting (move) is malafide and disproportionate and does not have any semblance to the aviation industry standards,” according to the letter.