Two other bodies — the Aviation Industry Workers Guild and All India Service Engineers Association — found the suggestions “thoughtless” days after two Air India pilot unions wrote to Air India CMD on handling financial stress during the coronavirus pandemic. We also requested the Association of Indian Commercial Pilots and the Indian Pilots Guild to withdraw the message.
“We are shocked and saddened to read the letters from both you, the ICPA and the IPG in which you proposed various cost-cutting steps to protect your salaries, including a reduction in the number of workers and compulsory leave without pay and a reduction in the percentage of total earnings in all categories of employees most of whom are not protected by your Union,” said the counter letter from two bodies.
In the meantime, the Indian Pilots’ Association has expressed its support for the ICPA. “We, 312 AIP members of Air India Express, are pleased to extend our full support and solidarity to ICPA and IPG in their efforts in the ongoing wage negotiations, taking into consideration the interests of our members and our business.”