Kathmandu, January 24
Twenty pilots of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) have tendered a group resignation to the corporation’s management citing discrimination in remuneration and benefits.
In the letter submitted to the executive chairman of NAC last week, permanent Nepali pilots of the corporation have cited unfair treatment by the management compared to expatriate pilots associated with the corporation or other pilots hired on contractual basis.
“The remuneration offered by Nepal Airlines to its pilots is very less compared to any private domestic or international airlines in Nepal. Despite this fact, and without any notice, NAC management is deducting a certain amount from our monthly salary besides applicable tax in the name of ‘staff advance’ though we have never take any advance from NAC,” reads the note submitted by NAC pilots.
The group of Nepali pilots has basically given NAC two options — ensure all the benefits of the Nepali crew (including salary, flight hours and allowances) are similar to that of expatriate pilots of NAC, or change the employment contract of all Nepali pilots and hire them on a contractual basis with financial benefits at par with the financial package of expatriate pilots.
“If neither of the options is implemented within three months, please consider this note as the required three months’ notice of resignation, after which we will be compelled to resign from the airline,” reads the n