New Delhi: Air India’s pilot unions, Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) and Indian Industrial Pilots Affiliation (ICPA), which final week rejected a partial roll again of their salary-cuts, on Monday knowledgeable the airline’s administration that the pilots would not settle for final second modifications of their flight duties that would influence their relaxation interval.
“We are going to henceforth not be capable to settle for any change within the Weekly off as soon as it’s printed on CMS Roster. We’re directing our members accordingly to ‘Keep CMS Printed Off’s”, each unions wrote in a joint letter to the airline’s director (operations), Captain RS Sandhu.
Of their letter, the unions acknowledged that weekly offs and relaxation durations of pilots had been being Interrupted ‘with incessant telephone calls and emails to undertake COVID checks or settle for modifications to their printed program.’
“We’re already working beneath strenuous circumstances and exhausting pressed to fulfil our monetary duty to our households conserving them secure from the COVID-19 virus. It isn’t unreasonable to anticipate that the corporate at the least offers us a dependable schedule round which we will plan our lives, one thing that each different airline can handle,” the unions stated within the letter.
A replica of the letter has been reviewed by Mint.
“We request you to kindly inform the involved departments to not disturb pilots throughout their weekly off and Relaxation Interval. Additional, we’re now not ready to maintain compensating with deteriorating working circumstances,” the unions added within the letter.
In response to guidelines laid down by the Indian aviation regulator, Directorate Basic of Civil Aviation (DGCA), airways are mandatorily supposed to take care of flight obligation time limitation (FDTL) and relaxation timings for pilots and flight attendants to keep away from any safety-related mishaps.
IPG and ICPA had final week in a letter to the airline’s chairman and managing director Rajiv Bansal acknowledged that they’d be compelled to resort to calling in strikes if the problem was not addressed, which included pay reduce imposed on pilots as a result of covid-19 pandemic, since April 2020, amounting to a gross discount of upto 58% of their salaries.