The Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) has rejected the order for a reduction in the salaries and benefits of its privileged employees.
On Wednesday, the PALPA spokesperson renounced the order issued by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), calling it “illegal” and “unjust.” He declared it to be a violation of the international laws of flight security.
PALPA has also announced a protest against this order and is considering taking legal action against the national airline.
This comes as a reaction to PIA’s decision last month to slash its employees’ salaries and benefits. Under the decision, the salaries and benefits of 450 pilots, 400 engineers, and 27 finance department officials had been reduced by 25 percent.
PIA’s Human Resources department had notified its employees of the decision through a circular and added that senior pilots would be paid a 50-hour guarantee allowance instead of 75 hours.
The notification mentioned that no pilot would receive an increase in flying allowance for two years on every safety/FDM violation and that no employee would be allowed to take sick leave for more than five consecutive days. Furthermore, pilots would not be allowed more than seven consecutive leaves under the annual leaves plan.