New Delhi, June 29: The vexed issue of salary scale of the employees of Air India and erstwhile Indian Airlines following their merger is set to be decided by the Cabinet. The civil aviation ministry is preparing to take the cabinet’s approval on some key issues, including pay parity and salary restructuring. The Dharmadhikari committee had recommended several measures on the integration of the workforce of the two airlines.
Air India has not been able to solve the human resource problems since the merger of the two subsidiaries in 2007. Since the integration, the two carriers have been at loggerheads over salary and promotion policies.
“The committee has recommended that Air India’s salaries should be aligned with the guidelines of the department of public enterprises. Salaries of executive pilots may be cut to adhere to these guidelines. Senior cabin crew members may also face a cut in salary,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official.
The Dharmadhikari report recommended doing away with the perks in their present form and instead align them with government pay scales. These perks, which formed up to 80 per cent of the take-home pay, were determined on the basis of the carrier’s performance, which itself was below average, said the report.
The salaries of pilots and engineers are likely to be cut by up to 20 per cent. The integration committee formed to implement the report met for the first time on Thursday.