The union stated Air India was paying about 500,000 to 1 million rupees ($6,800 to $13,700) as compensation to the household if a pilot died of Covid-19 whereas performing their duties. The quantity, it stated, was a fraction of what different airways paid and is perhaps simply sufficient to handle a deceased colleague’s hospital payments. Indigo, a personal airline, was paying 50 million rupees or greater than $680,000, the union stated in one in all its letters.

The union stated that it had despatched repeated requests to the federal government asking that flight crews be prioritized for vaccinations. In a letter addressed to India’s well being minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on April 16, the union urged the federal government to acknowledge crew members as “important employees.”

“We urge you to vaccinate all aircrew on the earliest,” it stated.

Two Air India pilots who requested anonymity fearing reprisals from the federal government stated they had been pissed off by the way in which their requires higher compensation and protesting wage cuts had fallen on deaf ears. In addition they stated they feared being uncovered to new variants of the virus circulating in different nations whereas doing their jobs.

Regardless of all of that, the pilots stated they had been being paid salaries that had been almost 40 to 70 % lower than what they acquired earlier than the pandemic. The pay cuts got here into impact in April final yr as international journey got here to a halt.

Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s civil aviation minister, has stated that the nation’s Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate Indians was the “world’s largest” repatriation drive, transporting greater than 9 million individuals to this point. “India didn’t cower within the face of this well being disaster of the century,” he stated in a tweet on Tuesday.

However neither Mr. Puri nor Air India have responded to their pilots’ requests. The Ministry of Civil Aviation in New Delhi didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

In Might, the union wrote a letter to Air India, asking firm executives to indicate “the same kindness” to what it confirmed when it requested its pilots to indicate up for obligation when it wanted to rescue Indians from a number of the worst-affected areas on the earth, together with the USA, China and Italy.