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New Delhi: After telling Air India on February 10 that they would not be following any changes in the duty roster system because of non-payment of flying allowance, the pilotsâ union of the national carrier decided on Tuesday that âif any pilot is victimisedâ by the management, it would go to any extent, including resorting to âstrikesâ.
âIt has been hereby resolved by the CEC (Central Executive Committee) that if any pilot is victimised by the management, the CEC will go to any extent to safeguard the pilot, including strikes,â stated the CEC resolution of the Indian Commercial Pilotsâ Association (ICPA) dated February 12, 2019.
The ICPA represents the pilots who fly the narrow-body aircraft of Air India.
âComplete financial protection along with legal support will be provided by the ICPA on central level,â the resolution stated.
The Indian Pilotsâ Guild (IPG) is the union of pilots who fly the wide-body aircraft of the national carrier.
On February 10, both unions told the airline that since they had not received the flying allowance, they had decided not to accept âchanges in the (duty) roster and will maintain the CMS (crew management system) printed roster already issued for the month of Februaryâ.
The flying allowance, which is around 70 per cent of the total pay package, is paid to a pilot on the basis of the number of flight hours he or she has clocked in a month.
Both unions had said on February 10 that the pilots were working under âstressful conditionsâ that had âdirect implications on flight safetyâ.