After not being paid for the month of May, Indian Commercial Pilot’s Association (ICPA) has written a letter to Pradeep Singh Kharola, chairperson and managing director of Air India, raising questions about financial management of the company.
The letter reads, “On-time performance is expected from each and every employee and not just pilots. It should apply as much as to the movement of flights as it does to the payment of dues.”
The association said that they have not received their flying allowances, which is like disrespecting their professional capability considering it comprises 80 per cent of their salary. ICPA also alleged that it has been a four month in a row that pilots have not received their salaries on time.
The letter states, “In case a flight gets delayed, even by a minute, a full review is done by the committee and e-mails are sent to the pilots asking for inputs and as to why no action should be taken against them. In this case, salary is expected to be delayed by 15 days…We would like to ask you how is it that no one is being held accountable in this situation.”
Earlier the airline made an official communication that cash-strapped Air India’s employees will have to wait at least till June 15 for their May salaries.
“Disbursement of salary for the month of May is delayed and the payment is likely to be made on June 15,” Air India said in an official communication on June 8.
Air India employees generally get paid by the 30th or the 31st of every month.
The government failed to get any suitor last month, for selling 75 per cent of its stake in Air India. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said, “As far as Air India is concerned, it is not clear to me what they intended to do. It is neither privatisation, nor an arrangement to run it as a joint venture. Without a clear policy objective, you cannot succeed in selling 74 per cent. You must have a clear policy objective.”