| GEO Pakistan|
| PIA pilots ask for fresh working accord prior June 30|
| Updated at: 0354 PST, Sunday, April 19, 2009|
KARACHI: The confrontation between the Pakistan Airline Pilot Association (PALPA) and PIA is increasing day by day as PALPA demands for the signing of a fresh working agreement and has given the management the deadline of 30th June for signing the agreement, said President PALPA, Captain Imran Usman.
He added that PALPA had sent its recommendations to the PIA management regarding the working agreement on 30th March, but no step has been taken by the PIA management till now. Now, we have given the management the deadline of 30th June to sign the agreement.
It is to be noted that the last working agreement mutually signed between the association and PIA was suspended in July 2001 after the military regime had taken over. The Association was arbitrarily suspended at that time; moreover, PALPA always had a working agreement with the management.
This agreement governs the day to day working in all aspects and comprises of 13 articles including pay structure, planning and scheduling, training, leave and passage, discipline, pension etc. Furthermore, from 2001 till to date, six MDs have been changed for obvious reason of financial mismanagement and general unrest in the airline.
Usman mentioned that there is no increment in their salaries since last year and their only demand is that the PIA management should understand the importance of working agreement. Even if the management agrees to increase the salaries by 20 to 25 percent, it will be enough to show their commitment. Currently, PALPA has no trust on the PIA management.