Air India pilots cry foul over deferred March salaries

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on April 01, 2011

Air India pilots have claimed that the national carrier has deferred payment of March salaries.

In a letter sent to the Air India management, the pilots said that they have not received their salaries for March yet, despite the due date for payments lapsing.

They have also demanded immediate payment of their dues, in the letter. The pilots were supposed to go on strike in March as per the notice sent by the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA). But negotiations are still going on with the Chief Labour Commissioner.

The Delhi High Court had also prevented the pilots from going on strike on March 15. Since the strike did not take place, the pilots say that there are no reasons for the delay in salary payments.

Appointment questioned

In a separate letter to the Civil Aviation Secretary, Mr Nasim Zaidi, the ICPA has also opposed the appointment of a new Executive Director (Flight Safety) and sought a probe into the appointment. The ICPA alleged that the new Executive Director (Flight Safety), Captain Subodh Nigam, does not possess the required qualifications for the job.

The association which represents 800 pilots of Air India said in the letter that Captain Nigam has “flown on an invalid licence for over six months in spite of not completing his mandatory Dangerous Goods Regulation training at the Central Training Establishment at Hyderabad.”

“In spite of being aware of the gross violation of air safety norms by Capt Subodh Nigam, the management of Air India has yet chosen to give him this officiating position. ... In view of this, we would like a thorough investigation to be carried out regarding his case,” the ICPA General-Secretary, Capt Rishabh Kapur, said in the letter.

Published on April 01, 2011

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