Air Lanka pilots resume work

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 February 1999, 11:46 GMT]
Air Lanka pilots called off their strike today, allowing Sri Lanka's national carrier which had been grounded since yesterday, to resume flights. The Sri Lankan pilots, who went on strike over a pay dispute, claim Air Lanka pays foreign pilots three times as much as what the airline pays them.

Air Lanka is currently managed by the Emirates, which bought forty percent of the national carrier's shares in April last year.

Sri Lankan pilots who went on strike say that the foreign pilots working for Air Lanka have been given a salary raise without their knowledge while they are still negotiating a package deal with the Emirates management concerning flying hours, a salary revision and incentives.

The local pilots are paid 2500 USD per month while the foreign pilots who fly Air Lanka planes now draw 7000 USD under the salary scheme revised for them by the Emirates management.

Earlier the foreign pilots were drawing 4000-5000 USD per month. Nine flights were grounded due to the strike last evening.

Local pilots who fly Air Lanka jets say that the Emirates management is trying to recruit more foreign pilots whereas the policy should be aimed at filling all the ranks eventually with qualified Sri Lankan pilots.

They say that the foreign pilots were originally hired until such time the country could train adequate pilots to fly the Air Lanka fleet.

 

Latest 15 Reports
29.07.16 10:39  
SLMC for North-East merger, NPC should do more for Tamil-Muslim unity: SLMC Vanni Wing
28.07.16 23:42  
Colombo continues to dilly-dally on processing political prisoners‘ cases
27.07.16 23:14  
UNP answerable for 1983 genocidal pogrom: Batticaloa UNP Organiser
26.07.16 23:38  
JUSU opposes police cases against Tamil students, SL military steps up surveillance
25.07.16 21:12   Photo
2009 genocide justice not going to come from UNP of 1983 pogrom: Shivajilingam
24.07.16 23:00   Photo
Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple
23.07.16 23:09  
Ethnic discrimination in student enrollment exposes reconciliation farce: Tamil academic
22.07.16 19:47   Photo
Tamil student leaders in Jaffna condemn SL Governor Cooray’s remarks in Colombo
21.07.16 01:26  
University engineers not learning lessons
21.07.16 00:21   Photo
Tamil politicians blame SL Military for enticing Sinhala students with triumphalist chauvinism
20.07.16 16:39   Photo
Tamil fishermen rise up against Colombo's move to permanently militarise Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
20.07.16 15:21   Photo
NPC demands CoI to go beyond criminal investigations on Jaffna University clash
19.07.16 23:15  
Sinhala-Tamil student clash in Jaffna exposes dangerous proportions of military occupation
18.07.16 18:01   Photo
‘SL President sanctioning 67-feet Buddha statue off Jaffna is act of aggression’
17.07.16 23:46  
Eastern University instructs assaulted Tamil student to attend investigations in Colombo
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2915