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AI pilots urge govt to allow them to quit without serving notice period

PTI New Delhi | Updated on December 25, 2019 Published on December 25, 2019

The meeting is likely to be met with “severe objections” as many of the unions fear job losses

Flagging concerns over unpaid dues, an Air India pilots’ union has urged the government to allow their members to quit the debt-laden carrier without serving notice period.

As the government works out the modalities for the sale of the national carrier, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) has also warned that they are in no position to work amid uncertainty over the airline’s future.

The group represent nearly 800 Air India pilots who fly narrow body planes.

They have written a strongly-worded letter to Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri regarding their dues.

”...your statement that if Air India is not privatised by 31st March 2020 then Air India will be shut down, is a matter of concern,” the letter said.

Citing the uncertainty over the airline’s future, the grouping asked the minister, “allow us to quit Air India without serving the notice period and clear all our dues immediately”.

The notice period is six months.

Air India has a debt burden of more than Rs 58,000 crore.

The ICPA has also asked for clearing their legitimate dues without any further delay.

In a warning, the group said, “We do not want to face the same fate as other employees of 21 private carriers that have shut down and further add to the rising unemployment in India.”

Published on December 25, 2019
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