A few weeks ago, Air India received a notice from their pilot unions talking about the fact that the contract offered to the pilots, the first one after the privatisation of the airline, was not a fair deal for them and how they needed to negotiate the contract. The key issues of disagreement were that the minimum flying hours for which allowance was guaranteed was just 40 hours instead of pre-pandemic 70 hours and the upgrade of many pilots to Senior Commanders.
Air India Pilot Unions revisit their stance.
While these terms were still being lobbed around, unfortunately, another airline declared insolvency, and Air India made a beeline for those pilots. In that case, the airline would not have had a disruption with their pilots in the A320 fleet even if some pilots wanted to not come in line with the airline’s contract. Not just that, for the junior pilots of Air India, this was clearly a good deal where they would get an upgrade to Senior Commanders. So, they wanted to go ahead with signing the contract.
The amalgamation of the two events, which happened almost together, consequently made the union climb down from its stance of rejecting the deal and withdraw its directive towards this effect. They have now left the pilots to sign the deal if they deem fit. According to sources, this was done on the back of a vote, where 80% or so pilots wanted to sign the deal.
Air India’s Pilot Unions have reversed their earlier stance about a wage deal with the airline. They have now asked the pilots to take their individual call, and if they deem fit, they can sign the deal. . The airline started recruiting pilots from another airline which recently declared insolvency.
What do you make of the change of stance with Air India Pilots?
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