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    Air India faces mass resignation ahead of divestment

    Synopsis

    This comes in the backdrop of the govt's decision to begin the process of divestment of Air India's stake.

    At present, the Air India has a total of 2000 pilots out of which 400 are executive.
    National carrier Air India (AI) is facing mass resignation by the pilots as they are unhappy with their salary and promotion.

    Around 120 Airbus A-320 pilots tendered their resignation after their demands pertaining to the salary hike and promotion were not paid heed to by the AI management.

    This came in the backdrop of the Central government's decision to initiate the process of divestment of Air India's stake, which has a debt of over Rs 60,000 crore.

    Speaking to ANI, a pilot who had recently resigned, said, "AI management should listen to our grievances. Our demand regarding salary hike and promotion is long pending before them but they have failed to give a strong assurance."

    He added that the pilots are staring in the face of the adversity as they have to pay back hefty loans. "Even we pilots are not able to withdraw our salary on time," he said.

    The pilots are first hired on the contractual basis for five years with a low salary, he claimed, adding that they were hopeful of getting a salary hike and promotion as they gain experience, but to no avail.

    The disgruntled pilots are sure that they will get a job somewhere else as the market is currently open. As of now, IndigoAir, GoAir, Vistara and Air Asia, Indian airlines are operating Airbus A-320 flights.

    On being asked if the operations of the national carrier will suffer due to the mass resignation, the Air India spokesperson said that it has surplus pilots. "AI operation will not suffer at any cost, due to resignation," the spokesperson added.

    At present, the Air India has a total of 2000 pilots out of which 400 are executive.
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    17 Comments on this Story

    Mahesh Hegde296 days ago
    While the appointment letters were given, did these bunch of idiots not know the conditions? Now they are demanding benefits?
    Indianbyheart 296 days ago
    Get them out ....they are liability...it isone of the major reason behinf air india faliure
    Milind Sabnis296 days ago
    Reduce head count by hook & crook.
    No more recruitment.
    Freeze/ eliminate allowancespaid.
    Transfer staff to horrible destination, so that they will quit.
    Start harassment & government target to HOD to reduce strength in 3 months.
    Don''t waste anymore taxpayers money.
    Punishment to be given for low productivity & poor efficiency of staff.
    Re. O contract workers immediately. Enforce permanent staff to sign disciplinary action.
    Detective all the unions existing I AI.
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