Around 50 employees of Air India have been sacked over night where some are even flying flights without knowing. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), in a letter to Rajiv Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, said that around 50 pilots have received illegal termination letters from the Personnel Department in blatant violation of company’s operation manual and service rules.
Air India flight AI1993, which was supposed to leave for Saudi Arabia from Mumbai on August 14 under the Vande Bharat Mission, got delayed by three hours as the pilot was sacked late on August 13.
Air India CMD too have been sent a letter by ICPA where it added that pilots who tendered their resignation letters as far back as July 2019 but withdrew them well within the mandatory six months notice period have been relieved from service suddenly from 10 pm on Thursday. They point that after termination of service from the close of office on August 13, a pilot was made to operate AI 804/506 on August 14. The pilots who flew these flights were not technically employees of Air India from the close of office on August 13.
“This is a violation of comic proportion not to mention grave flight safety hazard. What would have been the mental state of these pilots after knowing their services were terminated,” CMD said.
These pilots had earlier moved the Delhi High Court as Air India was refusing to revoke their resignations before their notice period ended. Now, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Guild has termed the termination of service of these pilots “illegal” and urged Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal to step in.