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Air India pilots stick by plans for strike action from 24-Nov-2009

18-Nov-2009 11:53 AM

Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), representing non-executive pilots of Air India, reportedly announced plans to proceed with strike action from 24-Nov-2009 (Press Trust of India, 17-Nov-2009). ICPA General Secretary, RS Otaal, stated the carrier’s management “does not seem to be serious” in resolving ICPA’s issues, including the payment of productivity linked incentives (PLI) payments. A section of Air India pilots participated in a ‘silent march’ at Mumbai International Airport on 17-Nov-2009 to protest a delay in PLI payments. ICPA is scheduled to meet with the Chief Labour Commissioner on 20-Nov-2009. National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL), the company established for the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, stated (17-Nov-2009) efforts are being made to settle payments PLI. The company plans to settle PLI payable in Oct-2009, so arrears are cleared to date, given increases in passenger traffic in the recent months. NACIL is also putting in place a payment plan to for Dec-2009, Jan-2010 and Feb-2010. NACIL added the Group of Ministers (GoM) also recently assured its support to Air India in the form of equity infusion and the first installment of USD86.5 million is expected by Jan-2010. [more]