AI trying to upstage strike with 'divide and rule': ICPA

Warns members of action against violations of its directive


Sweta Ranjan | March 5, 2011

The Indian Commercial Pilot Association (ICPA) has warned all its members to be cautious as it feels that the Air India managment might create a difference among its members using divide and rule tactics. A letter from the ICPA general secretary, Capt. Rishabh Kapoor, to fellow members says, "It has come to our notice that the management is up to its usual tactics of 'Divide and Rule'. There is a strong rumour that the management is in the process of releasing a list of pilots for promotion to DGM. Normally, this would be a good thing as we welcome career progression for our members. However, under the circumstances, the only objective of such an exercise is to weaken the ICPA by taking away the most experienced members and create an atmosphere of disunity."

The letter clearly points out that the managment is using all possible ways by lure the members to stay away from opting for strike. It has directed all members who may receive a letter for interview or promotion to DGM to desist from accepting the same during the strike notice period or during the actual strike.

The ICPA has also announced that it will take stiff action against those violating the directives of ICPA. The letter also says, "any member found in violation of this directive will be immediately expelled from ICPA permanently and will be permanently excluded from all welfare schemes, even as a DGM."

Another letter written by the Bharat Ashar, general manager- finance, to the ICPA clears the mystery regarding delay in the salary of IA pilots. The salary for the month of February is now expected to get credited into the accounts of the IA pilots by the March 8. The Air India managment in the letter has pointed out that postponment in the salary of the pilots was caused due to "committed payments to oil companies, bankloan rollovers, repayment of loans, payment of interest and other obligations".



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