Kingfisher cuts pilots’ salaries

Loss-hit Kingfisher Airlines has enforced a steep cut of around 20 per cent in the salaries of its pilots.

Written by Shashank Shekhar | Mumbai | Published: February 7, 2009 12:35:13 am

Loss-hit Kingfisher Airlines has enforced a steep cut of around 20 per cent in the salaries of its pilots. “We joined on terms and condition clearly stating our basic pay and overtime rates. And now under the garb of downturn in the industry,they are cutting our salaries,” a Kingfisher pilot told The Indian Express. The salary cut ranges between Rs 50,000 and Rs 80,000 per month.

However,a spokesperson for the airline said after November last year,Kingfisher had effected a production-linked compensation structure (PLCS) that brought the Kingfisher pilots on a par with the pilots of the merging company,ie Air Deccan. He called it “scaling the pilot’s pay structure in adherence with norms that are followed internationally”.

But pilots clearly are not taking the issue lying down. “According to the new salary structure,the provident fund has been reduced to Rs 200 and our earlier guarantee of pay up to a minimum of 70 flying hours has been taken away. So it means that if a pilot is grounded,for whatever reasons,he will end up getting nothing,” said another pilot.

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