Air India pilots who’ve flown to varied elements of the world to carry again Indians who had been stranded due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic have written to Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri complaining in regards to the poor high quality of protecting gear that they’ve been offered on their flights
“Our pilots and cabin crew are being provided substandard, ill-fitting and flimsy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that tear/disintegrate easily on rescue flights,” the letter, accessed by NDTV, mentioned
“Sanitisers are not provided in sufficient quantities and disinfection processes are short of industry best practices,” it added.
The pilots have requested for higher medical care in the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“…every resource of the AI medical services that currently exists (e.g. doctors, ambulances, infrastructure) be made available 24×7 to support the flying crew and their families for consultations, coordination with respective State Health Depts, COVID testing and treatment – as may be required for affected crew members should such a need occur. This is the minimum level of support expected from an organisation that sends its employees to a bio-hazard frontline,” the letter mentioned.
“There is no additional insurance policy for our pilots or cabin crew to cover any COVID-19 related risk,” it added.
“Our flying related allowances, comprising 70% of our total emoluments, remain unpaid since January 2020,” the letter mentioned.
“To add insult to injury , we have also recently been informed by our management of a substantial pay cut, while in the midst of the above mentioned COVID rescue operations!” it added.
Air India has flown a number of evacuation flights for the reason that outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with to China’s Wuhan and Rome in Italy to rescue Indians stranded abroad.
Since their return, many have additionally complained that they’ve been ostracised by their communities for worry of spreading the an infection that has affected over 1,000 folks in India and killed no less than 29.