Keerthi in his letter claimed that the administration left their flying crew “vulnerable”.
He stated, “We feel let down by the self-serving approach of the management, which sees no injustice in organising vaccine camps at few bases but excludes pilots. The employees who are doing desk jobs and the majority opting to work from home are allowed to get vaccinated, leaving the flying crew vulnerable.”
“If Air India fails to arrange vaccination camps on a Pan India foundation for the flying crew above the age of 18 years on precedence, we are going to STOP WORK,” he added.
ICPA has round 1,000 pilots within the union.
Alleging that Air India will not be working sufficient within the welfare of its flying crew, Keerthi stated, “Many crews have been diagnosed COVID-19 positive and are struggling to get oxygen cylinders. We are left to fend for ourselves for hospitalisation. The management continues to do what it does best, providing lip service and playing to the gallery by issuing circulars and letters with no outcome.”
Captain Keerthi additionally claimed that they haven’t any healthcare help and no insurance coverage and they’re in “no position” to proceed risking the lives of pilots.
“With no health care support to the flying crew, no insurance, and a massive opportunistic pay cut, we are in no position to continue risking the lives of our pilots without vaccination. Our finances are already spread thin covering our bedridden colleagues and provisioning for families lest we inadvertently infect them with the deadly virus that is an ever-present occupational hazard for us,” wrote the pilot.
Air India had arrange a mass vaccination camp for its workers aged 45 years or above on precedence on April 13.
The transfer got here after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched a four-day “Tika Utsav” or a vaccination pageant that allowed institutions to facilitate vaccination camps on the workplace premises for workers above the age of 45 years.
Keerthi had earlier written a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri about pay cuts and the authorities failing to recognise pilots as front-line employees.
“Despite operating critical operation flights disregarding certain risks, uncertainty, and in some cases even proper support from the operators, the authorities failed to recognise flight crew as front line workers,” he had stated.