After strike threat, Air India pays pending dues to pilots

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New Delhi | Published: May 6, 2016 8:18:55 PM

A day after Air India pilots threatened to go on strike over pending payments, the state-owned airline today paid the flying allowance and international layover subsistence allowance dues.

air indiaThe dues which accrued following the implementation of a new pay structure have been pending since January. (Reuters)

A day after Air India pilots threatened to go on strike over pending payments, the state-owned airline today paid the flying allowance and international layover subsistence allowance dues. With the outstanding payments being released by the management, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) decided not to resort to any industrial action as planned from May 10.

The dues which accrued following the implementation of a new pay structure have been pending since January. The total amount released today was not immediately available.

“The management today paid our flying allowance dues, which it had been defaulting since January,” ICPA sources said.

The ICPA, which is the pilots’ association of the airlines’ narrow body (Airbus A320) fleet, had said it will launch an agitation if the payments were not made.

The association had also threatened not to operate flights over the issue.

“We have got written commitment from your office that the flying allowance will be paid on May 5 but looks like the management has gone back to its old feat of defaulting on commitments. This is greatly affecting our livelihood, defaulting on EMI’s and further commitments,” ICPA had said in a letter to Air India Director (Finance) yesterday.

“In lieu of the above, we will be directing our members not to undertake any flying duties till our legitimate payment towards flying allowance is made as per Ministry of Civil Aviation approval,” it further said.

The association, in the letter, had also threatened that it will not undertake any international flights if the international layover subsistence allowance is not paid by May 10.

An airline official said the subsistence allowance dues has also been paid to the pilots.

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